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Governor Cuomo: Please disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Dept. of Health's Public Health Review of Shale Fracking will be translated into public policy

March 14, 2015

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you publicly disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Department of Health's A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) For Shale Gas Development will be translated into public policy.

We further request that you address the detailed concerns presented below before adopting any Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

Key Public Health Review Conclusion

The Public Health Review's key conclusion is:

"Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State."

See page one at:

Request for Public Disclosure as well as Open and Transparent Decision Making Process

While we applaud your administration's landmark Public Health Review conclusion, it is unclear how it will be translated into public policy. We write today to request that you clarify this matter.

First, please make clear whether your administration plans to ban permanently all high volume hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale in New York through a legally-binding prohibition or adopt some other form of shale fracking prohibition.

Second, it is our understanding that your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will implement the Public Health Review's findings and recommendations by adopting a Final SGEIS and issuing a Findings Statement to conclude the proceeding.

Even though you stated on 12/17/14 that those actions would be "self-executing," we respectfully request that you reveal the scope of the Final SGEIS before any final action is taken on the matter.

The original purpose of the SGEIS was to provide permit guidelines for shale gas extraction. That is implicit in the SGEIS title: "Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs."

We are concerned that a Final SGEIS might permit HVHF in the future without any further public review or comment and despite the prohibition recommended in the Public Health Review.

We also believe it would be premature to adopt HVHF permit guidelines before resolving the shortcomings documented in the Public Health Review and otherwise brought to your attention.

Given these concerns, we respectfully request that you: a) immediately provide written public notice regarding the scope of the proposed Final SGEIS proceeding, b) hold public hearings about the proceeding and c) accept public comments to resolve questions about this critical matter openly, transparently and with full formal public participation before adopting a Final SGEIS.

Please Address Fundamental Shortcomings Documented in the Public Health Review

The Public Health Review states: "Based on this review, it is apparent that the science surrounding HVHF activity is limited, only just beginning to emerge, and largely suggests only hypotheses about potential public health impacts that need further evaluation (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review also notes: "many of the published reports investigating both environmental impacts that could result in human exposures and health implications of HVHF activities are preliminary or exploratory in nature (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review cautions: "Furthermore, the public health impacts from HVHF activities could be significantly broader than just those geographic locations where the activity actually occurs, thus expanding the potential risk to a large population of New Yorkers (emphasis added)."

See pages one and two at:

Please Address "Significant Uncertainties" Documented in the Public Health Review

We also respectfully request that you disclose how DEC and DOH propose to address the "significant uncertainties" referenced in the Public Health Review regarding:

"the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF,"

"the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes," and

"the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public health."

See page two at:

Please Address the Most Important Decision Specified by the Public Health Review

We request that you disclose how New York State will decide when:

"the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed..."

All these Public Health Review procedural matters are critical to determining if HVHF will ever be allowed to proceed in New York. That is why it is imperative that you address these matters without delay.

Draft SGEIS Shortcomings Also Must Be Resolved Before Final SGEIS is Adopted

Tens of thousands of concerned citizens, legislators, academic researchers, business owners, religious leaders and health professionals have respectfully written you to document grave concerns about the Final Revised Draft SGEIS' numerous technical shortcomings as well as that it is indisputably outdated and lacks current information.



We trust that you will find our requests self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can clarify our concerns. We look forward to receiving your prompt reply.

In conclusion, we wish to thank you, Commissioners Joe Martens and Dr. Howard Zucker, as well as all your DEC and DOH colleagues for their dedicated work performed under challenging circumstances to safeguard the public health of "all New Yorkers" as well as the environment of our state from shale fracking hazards. We commend your public service.

Always very respectfully,

Total Signatory Count: 1228

Richard Ross
56 Waterburg Road
Trumansburg, New York
Dwain Wilder
289 Rich's Dugway Rd.
Rochester, NY
Beverly Waleur
8 Cline St.
Dolgeville, NY
Melissa Bishop
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
24 Church St.
Deposit, NY
Helen Kimball-Brooke
2729 S. Brink Ave.
Sarasota, FL
Gene Binder
5900 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, New York
Yvette Akel
366 Park Avenue
Binghamton, New York
bro. jseph kotula
buildings and grounds
franciscan mountain retreat
3621 roberts rd
westclarksville, NY
Aleksandra Malamud
1167 Father Capodanno
Staten Island, NY
Yvonne Rothenberg
Citizens Climate Lobby
5211 Hook Circle
Jamesville, NY
Walter Ditman
35-36 80th St.
Jackson Heights, NY
Terezka Korinek
378 Thomas Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Gail Musante
representative signing for S-OACC group
Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens (S-OACC)
199 Front Street
Deposit, NY
stephen comer
taborton rd
sand lake, ny
Lee Bailey
700 Warren
Ithaca, NY
Gary Hodges
920 Snyder Hiil Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Karen Vaughan
20 Park Street
Cortland, NY
Betsy Spada
69 Floral Avenue
Cortland, New York
Anne F. Kriz
Social Justice and Outreach Committee member at Church of the Assumption, Fairport NY
5886 Allen-Padgham Road
Farmington, New York
Gina Santonas
211 Cornelia St
Brooklyn, NY
Steve Gordon
110 overlook rd.
ithaca, ny
Therese Wilson
P.O.Box 113
Aurora, NY
Randolph Hurst
Chairman of the Sierra Club Atlantic Ramapo/Catskill Conservation Committee
83 Post Road
Slate Hill, New York
Shirley Rice
3467 South Hill Road
Burdett, NY
Cary Fassler
398 state rt. 69
Williamstown (Amboy), NY5403
Margo Alexander
5585 Searsburg Rd.
Trumansburg, New York
Judy Hodges
Citizen & Designer
Pomona Dr.
Rochester, NY
Kate Richard
231 Williams Rd
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Nancy Beers
4542 Clark Rd.
Campbell, NY
Patricia & Peter Ladley
Founding Members
People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.
17 Penny Lane
Ithaca, New York
Carl Rosenstock
270 1st St, 1A
Brooklyn, New York
Thomas Shelley
Chair, Board of Directors
Sustainable Tompkins
118 E. Court St.
Ithaca, NY
John Tavares
2192 Mecklenburg Road
Ithaca, NY
ann jamison
411 wolcott ave.
syracuse, NY
Jennifer Herbert
5865 Bluefield Rd
Auburn, NY
SAra Hess
124 Westfield Drive
Ithaca, NY
David Heck
310 E. Court St.
Ithaca, NY
Charlotte Schotanus
Concerned Citizens of the Town of Chenangodo
369 Port Rd.
Binghamton, NY
Timothy Clark
140 Pine Tree Rd
Ithaca, NY
David Reinhard
36 Pomona Dr.
Rochester, New York
Janette Chauncey
Concerned Citizens of Covert
9205 Route 96
Interlaken, NY
Francis Barton
2815 Woody Circle #102
Kodiak, AK
Heidi Schwaninger
210 Creamery Rd
Richford, NY
Vicky Southall
5611 Godfreys Pond Rd.
Bergen, NY
Joan Stein
143 Eastland Ave
Rochester, Ny
Rachel Marco-Havens
PO box 242
Woodstock , NY
Paul Prnnock
6314 Willow Way
Hector, NY
Manfred Zanger
62 Beaverkill Mountain Road
Roscoe, New York
Joan Sichterman
PO Box 870
Goshen, NY
Patricia Dinges
P.O. Box 240
Salt Point, NY