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Hydrofracking Forum Documents from Josh Fox, Gasland - Dyrzska Et Al Letter to Governor

Hydrofracking Forum Documents from Josh Fox, Gasland - Dyrzska Et Al Letter to Governor

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Published by: New York State Senate Democratic Conference on Jul 23, 2012
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HonorableAndrewM.CuomoGovernorofNewYorkStateTheCapitolAlbany,NewYork12224June27,2012DearGovernorCuomo,WeareNewYorkStatescientistsandmedicalprofessionalswritingtoexpressouralarmatyourremarksduringaJune22ndradiobroadcastinwhichyousignalanimminentendtothereviewprocessofhigh-volumehydraulicfracturingandallegethat"factsandlogicandscienceandinformation"arenotcurrentlyinformingtheongoingconversationaboutfracking.Tothecontrary,we,theundersignedmembersofthescientificandmedicalcommunities,havecontinuouslyprovidedfacts,logic,science,andinformationaboutfrackingthroughoutthefour-yearreviewprocess.Wehavesharedourresearchfindings,summarizedevidence,submittedhundredsofcomments,andprovidedoralandwrittentestimony.Theproblemisnotalackofscientificdiscourse.Theproblemisthatthevoiceofscienceisnotbeingheard.Wherefacts,logic,science,andinformationaremissingiswithinthereviseddraftSupplementalGenericEnvironmentalImpactStatement(sGEIS)itself.Thisplanningdocumentsuffersfromarbitrary,biased,unscientificanalysisandmultipledatagaps.WeconcurwiththefindingsoftherecentreportissuedbyPhysicians,Scientists,andEngineersforHealthyEnergyandEnvironmentalWorkingGroup,whichidentifiesthetenmostseriousdeficienciesinthisdraft
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plan.Namely,NoempiricalscientificdataondrillingandfrackingrisksDrillingallowedtooclosetosensitivewatersuppliesNoplanfordisposingofmillionsofgallonsoftoxicwastewaterRadioactivepollutionfromdrillingunderestimatedOutdatedstudiestoestimategreenhousegasemissionsfromshalegasoperationsNoassessmentoftheimpactofshalegasdevelopmentonNewYorkers'healthLittlebasicdataonthelocationofundergroundwatersupplies,faultsandfloodplainsNoreviewofsitingplansandrisksofpotentiallyexplosivenaturalgaspipelines~http://static.ewg.org/pdfITop-Ten-NY-Drilling-Problems.pdf
 
Noprovisionstoprotectsensitiveareasfromverticaldrillingandlower-volumehydraulicfracturingToofewinspectorstoenforcescientificallyrigorousregulationsWeinsistthattheabovetenscientificdeficienciesbecomprehensivelyaddressedandresolvedbeforeanyfinalsGEISisreleased.WefurtherinsistthattheresolutionofthesedeficienciesdeterminethedecisiontopermitorprohibithydraulicfracturinginNewYorkState.Otherwise,wewillbeforcedtoconcludethefrenzied,heedless,self-interestedemotionsofagoldrush-andnot"factsandlogicandscienceandinformation"-aretheguidingfactorsinthefinaldeterminationonfracking.InbringingtoyourattentiononcemoretheseriousscientificflawsinNewYork'sdrillingplan,wealsorestateouroppositiontoshalegasfracturingdemonstrationprojectsinBroome,Tioga,Chemung,Chenango,andSteubencountiesoranyotherareasofNewYork.Communitiesarenotlaboratories,andthehumanbeingswholivethere-includingchildren,pregnantwomen,andelderlyadults-arenotexperimentalsubjects.IfthegrossscientificinadequaciesofthereviseddraftsGEISdocumentarenotresolved,thennofinaldraftcanbereleasedandnodecisioncanbemade.Weaskthatyoulistentoscience.Scientistsandmedicalprofessionalsareavailableatanytimetoansweryourquestionsandprovideinput.Sincerely,LarysaDyrszka,MD,Bethel,NewYorkSandraSteingraber,PhDDistinguishedScholarinResidenceDepartmentofEnvironmentalStudiesIthacaCollegeEachsignatoryofthisletterhassignificantprofessionalexperienceinhealthcare,engineering,environmentalscience,and/orpublichealthresearch.Wewritetoyouasindividualsandourprofessionalaffiliationsarelistedforyourinformationonly.Youshouldnotinferanyendorsementofourviewpointbyouraffiliatedinstitutions.Additionalsignatories:CharlesBHowarth,MD,BassettHealthcareNetwork,FlyCreek,NY
 
..RussellA.Charif,PhD,ResearchTeamLeader,CornellUniversity,Ithaca,NY..MichelleBamberger,DVM,VeterinarianlResearcher,CornellUniversity,Ithaca,
NY
..PerrySheffield,MD,Pediatrician,NewYork,NY..GeorgeGrills,PhD,DirectorofOperationsofCoreFacilitiesintheLifeSciencesandDirectorofAdvancedTechnologyAssessment,CornellUniversity,Ithaca,
NY
ChrisCallinan,EnvironmentalScientist/WatershedTechnician,RockTavern,NYJordanLewart,DMD,Dentist,Orangeburg,
NY
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StephenS.Schneider,MD,OralandMaxillofacialSurgeon,Deposit,
NY
..MayaShetreat-Klein,MD,AlbertEinsteinCollegeofMedicine,Bronx,NY.'RobertA.Schulman,MD,CallicoonCenter,NY..MichaelO'Brien,MD,ClinicalInstructorofMedicine,UniversityatBuffalo,Buffalo,NY,.AdamLaw,MD,Ithaca,NY..DanDeZarn,MFA,AssociateProfessor,SUNYGeneseo,Geneseo,NYLauraStenzler,MS,LabManager,EvolutionaryBiologyProgram,CornellLabofOrnithology,Ithaca,NY..SandraG.Podulka,MS,Biologist,Brooktondale,NY..JenniferWaldron,MS,NP,McDonough,NY..PaulBermanzohn,MD,Rosendale,NY..AnthonyR.Ingraffea,PhD,DwightC.BaumProfessorofEngineering,CornellUniversity,Ithaca,NYNicholasA.Kaldis,PhD,AssociateProfessor,BinghamtonUniversity,Vestal,NYMarilynGaddisRoss,PhD,Professor,SUNYBinghamton,Binghamton,NYSiobhanHart,PhD,AssistantProfessor,BinghamtonUniversity,Binghamton,NY,.CynthiaConnine,PhD,ProfessorofPsychology,BinghamtonUniversity,Endicott,NY..PeterKnuepfer,PhD,AssociateProfessorofGeology,BinghamtonUniversity,Binghamton,NY..CharlesGeisler,PhD,Professor,CornellUniversity,Ithaca,NY..RichardA.Young,PhD,DistinguishedServiceProfessorGeology,SUNYGeneseo,Geneseo,
NY
..BarbaraD.Lynch,PhD,VisitingAssociateProfessor,GeorgiaInstituteofTechnology,Caroline,NY..RuthMVanDyke,PhD,AssociateProfessor,BinghamtonUniversity,Vestal,NYPeterDavies,PhD,Professor,CornellUniversity,Dryden,NY

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