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Lifton Letter

Lifton Letter

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Published by: Rick Karlin on Oct 02, 2012
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THE ASSEMBLYSTATE OFNEW YORKALBANY
CHAIRAssemblyteering ommitteeCOI\,4[,4ITTEESAgricutu eElection awEnvironmentaionservationHigher ducationl\/entalHealthLegislativeommissionn BuralResourcesBARBARA IFTONMember f Assembly125' District
October,2012
The HonorableAndrewM.CuomoGovernorof NewYork StateNYS StateCapitolBuildingI write to expressmy thanksor listeningo thegraveconcernsf tensofthousands fNew Yorkers, ndyourdecision,nd hat ofCommissionerMartens,oconducta review ofhealth mpactsrom high-volumeydro-fracking.Havingbeeno Pennsylvaniawiceover hepastwoyears,amdeeplyconcernedbout henegativeealth mpactson New Yorkersrom HVHF.I metwithpeoplewhobelievehey had bariumpoisoningue o drillingnear heirhomesandwatersuppliesbariums one ofthe componentsf drillingmud and alsocomesfrom shaleproducedwater itself).We alsohavestudieshowingserioushealthimpacts rom other statessuchas ncreasedsthmaand breastcancern Texas,apparentlydue o drilling).Iam verygladhatyouandheDEC hare hat concernand haveproposedreviewby theDOHand outsideexpertsofa Health mpactAssessmentHIA),apparentlydoneby theDEC n theatestdraftof the SGEIS.was very surprisedwhen the Commissioneroldme n anAssemblyearing hat therewasno healthstudyn thepriordraft,as ncreasedetbackswouldprecludeheneedor such astudy.I, like many NewYorkers,wasshockedhat suchanimportantandprominentconcernhad beencompletelyoverlooked.From what I am readingn themedia, t is clear hatpubliccommentwill berequired or thisnewstudy,andI amgladalsoorthatdetermination.In regard o theissueof independencef sucha study, agreewithCommissionerartens hatgovernmenthouldbe theobjectiveeviewer.But manyNew YorkerseelhattheDEChas arnishedtspublicrust throughhemanyseriouslaws n thisprocessnd document.This HIAprocessmust be takenas anopportunity orestore hepublic'sruston this criticalssueofhydro-fracking.norder o dothat andgetoa strongconsensusn thisparamountssueofpublichealth, hisHIAprocessmust beas openandransparent spossible, ith manyindependent yesableowatch--allpartiesable o come o thetable.We needa
ALBANYOFFICE:oom555,Legislativefjrce uilding, lbany. ewYork12248.518-455-5444DISTRICT FFICE:06EastCourtStreet,thaca, ewYork14850.607-277-8030

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