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Coalition Letter To Governor Cuomo Requests Termination of DEC Shale Gas Rulemaking Proposal as well as a Restart of SGEIS Proceeding

November 28, 2012

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

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned, write to request that you require your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to: a) terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort by not submitting any request for a 90-day extension and b) restart its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) proceeding to allow public participation in formulating your Department of Health’s (DOH) proposed “health impact analysis” review.

DOH’s review is critically important because DEC has said that no Final SGEIS will be adopted until the review is completed. It is essential that DOH’s review be comprehensive, open, transparent and involve full public participation.

Public Comment for DOH Review Essential

To date, your administration has not published a single word about the proposed DOH review. As a result, the public has no idea about the scope of the review or how it would be conducted.

We believe the best way to address this unacceptable shortcoming is to reopen the SGEIS proceeding to allow public comment about how DEC and DOH should undertake the review. After both agencies have reviewed those comments, a final review proposal can be adopted.

Terminate Shale Gas Rulemaking Proceeding

You stated publicly that DEC's proposed rulemaking proceeding will not meet its 11/29/12 deadline. It has been reported that a revised rulemaking proposal is about to be initiated by DEC as part of a 90-day extension of that proceeding.

It would be entirely inappropriate to continue DEC's shale gas rulemaking proposal while the DOH health impact analysis review is incomplete. To do so would call into question the integrity of DOH’s review as well as DEC’s rulemaking proceeding.

Good Science Imperative to DOH Review

It is imperative for all the physicians, scientists, academic researchers, elected officials, citizens and other interested parties who have expressed grave concerns about the SGEIS's inadequate health impact analysis to be allowed to comment publicly on how the DOH review must be conducted in order to be based on “good science.”

DOH Review Must Investigate Documented Gas Extraction Problems

DOH’s review of the SGEIS’ “health impact analysis” will help determine whether shale gas fracking will be permitted in New York. Given the importance of that decision, we believe the review must investigate drinking water contamination, gas drilling wastewater dumping, unplugged gas wells and other public health hazards documented by DEC's own records as well as by local health departments in the areas of New York where gas drilling has been prevalent.


In conclusion, we believe that New York’s existing shale gas fracking moratorium must be maintained until all public health and environmental concerns associated with the proposed practice have been fully resolved.

In order to achieve that goal, we request that you require DEC to terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort and restart the SGEIS proceeding to allow public participation in formulating the proposed “health impact analysis” review.

We trust that you will find our request self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our concerns.

Thank you for your consideration.

We look forward to receiving your timely reply.

Very truly yours,

Total Signatory Count: 2972

Lyle Jenks M.Div.
6469 East Hollow Road
Canandaigua, New York
Robert Gillespie
2888 Sherman Hollow Rd
Penn Yan, New York
Rachel Jaffe
23 1st St.
Johnson City, NY
Veonica Jordan
4117 Whispering Hills
Chester, New York
william greener MS, Esq.
10 brown rd, suite 102
ithaca, ny
Robert Seeley
85 Starks Rd
Newfield, New York
Judy Halling
6722 Cleary Road
Livonia, NY
Susan Greener Ms.
198 Barden Hill Rd
Richford, NY
Larz Soper
13 Comumbia Street
Oneonta , NY
Liz Field
803 S. Plain St.
Ithaca, NY
Lila Victoria
423 Kissel Ave.
Staten Island, NY
Jay Fortunato
35 East 9th Street
New York, NY
Bill Hamm
Redwood Ln
Ithaca, NY
Timothy Murray PhD
2262 Slaterville Road
Ithaca, NY
Thomas Hamlin D. Min.
7283 County Road 12
Naples, New York
Marcia Scanlon
450 Broome Street 6th floor
New York, New York
Karen Schneller-McDonald
25 Carriage Drive
Red Hook, NY
Dan Belliveau
95 Lafatette /Avenue
Geneva, New York
Michael Stolzer
142 Southside Drive
Oneonta, NY
Karyn Quinlan
7161 CR 12
South Bristol, NY
Teri Lanciault LPN
125 Merchant St
Guilford, NY
Rob Cook
68 Van Dorn Rd. N.
Ithaca, NY
maria kihlstedt
PO Box 301
Palenville, NY
Ronald Bayzon
Associate Professor
Old Gym 003
Cobleskill, NewYork
Evan Bennett
100N 3 street
Brooklyn, NY
Maggie Williams
464 Main St
Saugerties, NY
kaye chetwin
69 barton road
pennellville, ny
Linda Christensen
9284 SR 89
Trumansburg, NY
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9284 SR 89
Trumansburg, NY
Dan Belliveau
95 Lafayette Avenue
Geneva, New York
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8412 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY
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542 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY
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286 Colvin Avenue
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209 Leroy Street
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2868 route 7
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Professor of Chemistry
672 Backer Road
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8340 Wessels Hill Rd.
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1503 Atwater Road
KingFerry, New York
Britney Davern
21 Mulberry Street
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Thomas Merrill
300 S Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY
Sarah Rosenstein Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Utica College
6971 Reservoir Road
Clinton, NY
Marie Taylor
405 Main St
Aurora, NY
Teresa Winchester Ph.D.
465 Chicken Farm Road
Otego, NY
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114 taylor rd
morris, new york
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Greene, NY
Frederic Johnson
PO Box 212, 181 Copes Corners Rd.
Gilbertsville, New York
Bruce Dunn
188 Bell Hill Rd
Morris, New York
Ezra Sherman Esq.
308 Beckhorn Hollow Road
Van Etten, NY
Luann Waden
7021 Rt 20 A
Bristol, NY
Mary Joiner
POB 1023, New Paltz, NY 12561
New Paltz, NY
Lorraine Crichton
2679 Ellen Road
Bellmore, NY
scott brady
1165 co hwy 34
schenevus, ny
Leonard Press
179 Willie Oneill Rd
Cherry Valley, NY
Olivia Briley
130 N. Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Richard Driscoll
166 Main Street
Newfield, NY
Claire Ders
769 County Rd 42
South Otselic, NYC
Bonnie Logan
3199 Grenell Road
Middle Grove, NY
Elizabeth Nields
429 Chicken Farm Road
Otego, New York
David Herzberg PhD
27 Ashland Ave
Buffalo, NY
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405 Sheffield Court
Brewster, New York
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Unadilla, Ny
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17 Grand St
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Dansville, NY
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HS Science Teacher, Environmental Science, Regents LE and ES
8351 Bush Rd.
Arkport, NY
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156 Prospect Park West
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100 Caswell St.
Afton, New York
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124 Brindley St
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New York, NY
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4299 elwood rd
cincinnatus, ny
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otego, ny
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772 County Route 37
Mount Upton, New York
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Town Historian
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