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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

susan straight
6 tucker's trail
chilmark, ma
Marie Taylor
zoning Board of Appeals
Village of Aurora
21 Cherry Ave
Aurora, NY
Elsie Cushing
1497 Water Wells Rd.
Alfred Station, NY
Oksana Fuller
3971 County Road 16
Canandaigua, NY
Dan Taylor
450 Basswood Rd.
Oxford,, New York
sandra hover
almond veterinary hospital
7631 andrew ferry rd
almond, new york
Earl Hicks
145 East Miller Road
Ithaca, New York (NY)
Ernest Paviour
7998 Lookout knob
Victor, NY
Marena Gonz
26 Frederick Road
Binghamton, New York
Anne Forbes
146 Hillcrest ave.
Geneva, N y
Joan-Marie Bauman
106 Rupp Road
Monticello, NY
Nancy Garver
106 Sheridan Park
Geneva, NY
Karl Klein
4648 N Tower Rd.
Cincinnatus, NY
Jay Josephson
1477 Brown Hollow Road
Corning, N.Y.
William Gonz
26 Frederick Road
Binghamton, New York
Sidney Berger
215 Camp Road
South New Berlin, NY
The Rev, Mother Nancy Lane, Ph.D.
Bower Rd
Daniel Evett
Cornell University
1456 Coddington Rd.
Brooktondale, NY
Aimee Arceo
77 Cheshire Lane
East Amherst , NY
R. Dunleavey
Catskill Heritage Alliance
Kelly Road
Arkville, NY
Goline Doremus
Board Member
Catskill Heritage Alliance
Kelly Road
Arkville, NY
Justin Ehrlich
142 Giles St
Ithaca, NY
Stanley Salthe
Professor Emeritus
retired, City University f New York
42 :aurel Bank Ave
Deposit, New York
Elizabeth Watts
16 Starks Place
Lynbrook, NY
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53 Enfield Main Road
Ithaca, New York
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2050 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca, NY
Michael O'Brien
400 West 23 St
New York, New York
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251 Culver road
Ithaca, NY
Robert Lederman
President of A.R.T.I.S.T.
555 Bway
Nicholas Prychodko
PO Box 2138
Bridgehampton, New York
Susan Lisk
Concerned Citizens of Broome County
P.O.Box 275 2625 Main Street
Maine, New York
Ryan Schroeder
330 Melrose St
Brooklyn, NY
trevor southlea
111 Breckenridge Rd
Mahopac, NY
Heide Stuebel-Horowitz
820 W King Rd
Ithaca, NY
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9732 Starr Hill Rd
Remsen, NY
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Ithaca College
3300 Perry City Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
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Earthwalk Farm
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Ithaca, NY
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5 Arden Craig Dr
Albany, NY
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P.O. Box 4174
Ithaca, NY
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11 Madison St.
Geneva, NY
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New York, NY
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PO Box 259
East Schodack, NY
Stephen T Emlen
Professor Emeritus
119 Eastlake Road
Ithaca, NY
Lydian Green
8202 Rte 96
Interlaken, NY 14847
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241 Sixth Ave., #11C
New York, NY
Tom Seaney
Dewitt Park Inn
67 Marsh Rd
Ithaca , NY
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
39 Matthews St
Binghamton, NY
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234 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
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759 Samsonville Road
Kerhonkson, NY