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DOH Response 1/24/13

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Response to your letter to New York State Commissioner of Health re: Hydraulic Fracturing
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:27:00 -0500
From: Walter Hang
To: Tammy L. Coleman


Thank you for your letter. I am dismayed to learn that: "This information will be taken into consideration as the Department's review proceeds (emphasis added)."

I write to reiterate that I referenced multiple letters from government officials which request that the: "... DOH Review be put on-hold until requirements for public participation are fulfilled."

I also wrote respectfully to request that Dr. Shah and the other reviewers "take individual action to prevent your DOH Review from being finalized" until the public participation requirements I detailed are fulfilled.

Given that all requests for DOH Review public participation have not yet received a favorable reply, I ask Dr. Shah to put his DOH Review on-hold without further delay.

Should Dr. Shah fail to fulfill my request, it would be clear that he does not support public participation in this crucial matter. Any DOH "Health Impact Analysis" Review that is not open or transparent would lack any credibility whatsoever with the government officials, members of the public and other interested parties who have documented the fundamental inadequacy of the Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed shale gas extraction safeguards.

Finally, I request that no Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or any Revised shale gas Rulemaking proposal be adopted pending fulfillment of the public participation requirements that I and so many others have specified.

If appropriate, I would be pleased to meet at a mutually convenient time to discuss this urgent matter.

Thank you for your department's further consideration.

Very best regards,

Walter Hang

On 1/24/2013 2:49 PM, Tammy L. Coleman wrote:
> (See attached file: Walter Hang.pdf)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Re: Response to your letter to New York State Commissioner of Health re: Hydraulic Fracturing
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:46:33 -0500
From: Walter Hang

Please consider yourself cc'd on the letter below.

I am also cc'ing Governor Cuomo, various other parties and the signatories to the three letters I referenced sent by government officials, members of the public and Assembly members.

You can review the Department of Health response to my letter at:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish.

Yours truly,

Walter Hang

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