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Cuomo Letter Final

Cuomo Letter Final

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Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateThe CapitolAlbany, New York 12224June 27, 2012Dear Governor Cuomo,We are New York State scientists and medical professionals writing to express our alarmat your remarks during a June 22
nd
radio broadcast in which you signal an imminent endto the review process of high-
volume hydraulic fracturing and allege that “facts and logicand science and information”
are not currently informing the ongoing conversation aboutfracking.To the contrary, we, the undersigned members of the scientific and medical communities,have continuously provided facts, logic, science, and information about frackingthroughout the four-year review process. We have shared our research findings,summarized evidence, submitted hundreds of comments, and provided oral and writtentestimony. The problem is not a lack of scientific discourse. The problem is that the voiceof science is not being heard.Where facts, logic, science, and information are missing is within the revised draftSupplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (sGEIS) itself. This planningdocument suffers from arbitrary, biased, unscientific analysis and multiple data gaps. Weconcur with the findings of the recent report issued by Physicians, Scientists, andEngineers for Healthy Energy and Environmental Working Group, which identifies theten most serious deficiencies in this draft plan.
*
Namely,
 
No empirical scientific data on drilling and fracking risks
 
Drilling allowed too close to sensitive water supplies
 
No plan for disposing of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater
 
Radioactive pollution from drilling underestimated
 
Outdated studies to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas operations
 
No assessment of the impact of shale gas
development on New Yorkers’ health
 
 
Little basic data on the location of underground water supplies, faults and flood plains
 
No review of siting plans and risks of potentially explosive natural gas pipelines
 
No provisions to protect sensitive areas from vertical drilling and lower-volumehydraulic fracturing
 
Too few inspectors to enforce scientifically rigorous regulations
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We insist that the above ten scientific deficiencies be comprehensively addressed andresolved before any final sGEIS is released. We further insist that the resolution of thesedeficiencies determine the decision to permit or prohibit hydraulic fracturing in NewYork State. Otherwise, we will be forced to conclude the frenzied, heedless, self-interested emotions of a gold rush
 — 
and not
“facts and logic and science andinformation”— 
are the guiding factors in the final determination on fracking.In bringing to your attention once more the serious scientific
flaws in New York’s
drilling plan, we also restate our opposition to shale gas fracturing demonstration projectsin Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Chenango, and Steuben counties or any other areas of NewYork. Communities are not laboratories, and the human beings who live there
 — 
including children, pregnant women, and elderly adults
 — 
are not experimental subjects.If the gross scientific inadequacies of the revised draft sGEIS document are not resolved,then no final draft can be released and no decision can be made. We ask that you listen toscience. Scientists and medical professionals are available at any time to answer yourquestions and provide input.Sincerely,Larysa Dyrszka, MD, Bethel, New York Sandra Steingraber, PhDDistinguished Scholar in ResidenceDepartment of Environmental StudiesIthaca CollegeEach signatory of this letter has significant professional experience in health care,engineering, environmental science, and/or public health research. We write to you asindividuals and our professional affiliations are listed for your information only. Youshould not infer any endorsement of our viewpoint by our affiliated institutions.Additional signatories:
 
Charles B Howarth, MD, Bassett Healthcare Network, Fly Creek, NY
 
Russell A. Charif, PhD, Research Team Leader, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 
Michelle Bamberger, DVM, Veterinarian/Researcher, Cornell University, Ithaca,NY
 
Perry Sheffield, MD, Pediatrician, New York, NY
 
George Grills, PhD, Director of Operations of Core Facilities in the Life Sciencesand Director of Advanced Technology Assessment, Cornell University, Ithaca,NY
 
Chris Callinan, Environmental Scientist / Watershed Technician, Rock Tavern,NY
 
Jordan Lewart, DMD, Dentist, Orangeburg, NY
 
Stephen S. Schneider, MD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Deposit, NY
 
 
Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
 
Robert A. Schulman, MD, Callicoon Center, NY
 
Michael O'Brien, MD, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, University at Buffalo,Buffalo, NY
 
Adam Law, MD, IthacaMed, Ithaca, NY
 
Dan DeZarn, MFA, Associate Professor, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
 
Laura Stenzler, MS, Lab Manager, Evolutionary Biology Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY
 
Sandra G. Podulka, MS, Biologist, Brooktondale, NY
 
Jennifer Waldron, MS, NP, McDonough, NY
 
Paul Bermanzohn, MD, Rosendale, NY
 
Anthony R. Ingraffea, PhD, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, CornellUniversity, Ithaca, NY
 
Nicholas A. Kaldis, PhD, Associate Professor, Binghamton University, Vestal,NY
 
Marilyn Gaddis Ross, PhD, Professor, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
 
Siobhan Hart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Binghamton,NY
 
Cynthia Connine, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University,Endicott, NY
 
Peter Knuepfer, PhD, Associate Professor of Geology, Binghamton University,Binghamton, NY
 
Charles Geisler, PhD, Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 
Richard A. Young, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor Geology, SUNYGeneseo, Geneseo, NY
 
Barbara D. Lynch, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Caroline, NY
 
Ruth M Van Dyke, PhD, Associate Professor, Binghamton University, Vestal,NY
 
Peter Davies, PhD, Professor, Cornell University, Dryden, NY
 
J.B. Heiser, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Retired, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 
Amy Sheldon, PhD, Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
 
Douglas A. Robinson, Jr., PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Mount SaintMary College, Newburgh, NY
 
Warren Davis, PhD, Laboratory Director, East Concord, NY
 
Andrea Worthington, PhD, Professor of Biology, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
 
Ellen Henry, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Rochester MedicalCenter, Rochester, NY
 
John E. Titus, PhD, Associate Professor, Binghamton University, Binghamton,NY
 
Thomas R. Kulp, PhD, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Binghamton,NY
 
Allison Wilson, PhD, Bioscience Resource Project, Ithaca, NY
 
John Booker, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 
Haribal Meena, PhD, Ithaca, NY
 
Carole Dennis, ScD, Associate Professor, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

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