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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

Susan Courntey
9 Stephens Lane
Valhalla, NY
Chrissanth Gross MA
38 Shinglehouse Road
Millwood, NY
Susan Clelland
37 Bellewood Ave
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Jacqueline Plumez Ph.D.
90 Beechtree Drive
Larchmont, NY
Frances Snedeker
20 Linden Av
Larchmont , NY
Karen Schectman
70 Barker Street
Mt. Kisco, New York
Dancia Ankle
PO Box 197
Mount Tremper, NY
JL Aronson
5392 Route 212
Mt. Tremper, NY
Marie A. King
Lake Como Road
Summer Hill, NY
Carla Jaeger
10877 County Route 78
Pulteney, NY
Carlus Dyer
9698 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY
Melissa Boyer Rev.
7 Bedford Rd
Katonah, NY
Frederick Clinton Libbey
240 jefferson Avenue
Harbor Isle, NY
Judith Zingher
40 Winthrop Avenue
Elmsford, NY
Jolie Barra
22 Van De Bogart Road
Woodstock, NY
Thomas Caplan
25 Spring Street
Kingston, New York
Linda Rowett RN
Henry Hudson Parkway
Bronx, NY
margaret davino RN
5 Tara Court
Holmdel, NJ
Glenn Sheridan
97-07 Horace HArding Expy
Corona, NY
Vanessa Goddard
871 Plank Road
Mt. Tremper, NY
Susan Beeners
20 Bald Hill Road
Ithaca, New York
Kim Felter Canarelli
245 Buttermilk Falls Road
New Berlin, NY
Olive Karen Stamm Esq.
366 Broadway
New York, NY
Nelima Gaonkar
257 Main Street
Binghamton, New York
Roberto Romano
1430 County Highway 8
Otego, NY
Mary Guzzy
11048 Spring Terrace
Corning, NY
Diane Torstrup
397 Martling Ave
Tarrytown, NY
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2418 Mickle Avenue
Bronx, New York
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PO Box 6828 Ithaca NY 14851
Ithaca, NY
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317 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, New York
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500 State St
Brooklyn, NY
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120 Davis Rd
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336 n alleghany ave
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5 Hillside Pl
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504 florence Street
Mamaroneck, New York
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1054 Lenape Way
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Lake Huntington, NY
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881 bostwick road
ithaca, ny
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153 east king rd
ithaca, ny
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920 Snyder Hill Rd.
Ithaca, New York
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41 Muzzy Rd
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656 Five Mile Dr
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117 Hyers St.
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371 Mittedorf Rd
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78 Rotary Ave
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3616 Rath Ave
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6314 Willow Way
Hector, NY
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49 Starin Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Charles Gibson
President of The Friends of The Montezuma Wetlands Complex
162 Canal St.
Lyo, NY
Debra Richardson
409 Columbia Street
Utica, NY
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102 Clifton St
Unadilla, NY
Margaret Wright
117 E. 81 St.
New York, NY
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Ellis Hollow Rd
Ithaca, NY
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PO Box 253
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64 South Remsen Avenue
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11 little brooklyn rd.
Warwick, New York
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1187 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY
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12714 Rt. 78
East Aurora, NY
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PO Box 2138
Bridgehampton, NY
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Board of Directors - President
4736 Cleveland Rd
Syracuse, New York
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147 Sheedy Road
Vestal, NY
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147 Sheedy Road
Vestal, NY
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12020 Cove Court
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22841 N 27th St
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61 Stewart Ave - Unit 311
Newburgh, New York
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Woodstock, NY 12498
woodstock, ny
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25 Stull Road
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29 Sunset Drive
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45 Lincoln ave
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5550 Peach orchard Point
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188 County Highway 52
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