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A letter signed by more than 250 health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, veterinarians, dentists, professors, students and others, requesting the governor direct a ...

A letter signed by more than 250 health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, veterinarians, dentists, professors, students and others, requesting the governor direct a detailed study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human health, and delay adopting new drilling regulations for at least 6 months.

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    Health Care Providers Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Against Fracking Health Care Providers Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Against Fracking Document Transcript

    • October 5, 2011The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNew York State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224Cc:Joe Martens, Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental ConservationDr. Nirav R. Shah, Commissioner, NYS Department of HealthDr. Howard A. Freed, Director of the DOH Center for Environmental HealthSenate Majority Leader Dean SkelosAssembly Speaker Sheldon SilverSenator Greg BallAssemblyman Robert SweeneyAssemblyman Richard GottfriedDear Governor Cuomo,On behalf of the undersigned organizations and health professionals, we are writing with regard to therevised draft of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas,and Solution Mining Program issued in full in September 2011. We are greatly concerned about theomission of a critical issue related to the development of natural gas using high-volume hydraulic fracturing,or “fracking”: human health impacts.For the reasons detailed below, we believe that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)must correct this oversight in the continued stages of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)process.Specifically, we request that the draft SGEIS be supplemented to include a full assessment of thepublic health impacts of gas exploration and production. This should include analysis of the existingdocumentation of the baseline health status of the New York State population; systematic identificationand analysis of direct and indirect health effects; a cumulative health impacts analysis that includes areasonable “worst case” assessment; and any potential measures to eliminate these impacts.Notably, a comprehensive assessment of health impacts is likely to include information—such as mountingcosts for health care and air and water pollution mitigation—that could inform how DEC and other agencies,such as the Department of Health (DOH), evaluate and assess cumulative impacts and how DEC reviewsany proposed gas development permit applications. A comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA)would be the most appropriate mechanism for this work, conducted by an independent entity such asa school of public health. This request is based in part on the fact that the New York DOH is unwillingto perform this function. Please refer to attached communication from Dr. Howard A. Freed, director ofthe DOH Center for Environmental Health, stating that “another methodology such as Health ImpactAssessment would not provide significant additional information that is not already being covered” in theSGEIS. The undersigned disagree with this conclusion because the SGEIS does not, in fact, considerhealth impacts.Next, we believe that a comment period of less than 180 days is not acceptable, for either the medicalprofession or the public. The medical profession was not adequately consulted during the scoping ofthe SGEIS and had little input into the draft SGEIS. A minimum of 180 days is necessary for health
    • professionals to review and comment on the current draft SGEIS which must be reviewed in its entiretysince there is no chapter dedicated to human health. The 96 day comment period which DEC has nowproposed is also not enough to afford the public an adequate opportunity to express its concerns aboutpotential health impacts given that DEC is also asking the public to comment on draft regulations duringthat same time period, and that potentially drill-impacted communities are now facing significant post-Irenechallenges.Finally, we strongly request that an independent health professional be appointed to the High VolumeHydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel, such as a medical doctor with public health experience.Our requests are based on the following considerations:● According to SEQRA, the DEC has the authority to consider a wide range of impacts related toenvironmental actions, including public health. In the current situation, the environmental impacts of gasdevelopment include air and water pollution and soil contamination, which are clearly established pathwaysfor health impacts.● There is established precedent for the inclusion of an HIA in the Environmental Impact Statementprocess. In 2008, an HIA was completed for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management regarding an oil andgas development proposal in Alaska’s North Slope, and a multi-stage HIA for natural gas development andproduction has been done in Garfield County, Colorado. New York has the opportunity to set the bar equallyhigh as these other states when it comes to the health of its residents.● Former Governor David Paterson’s Executive Order #41 (2010) directing the DEC to undertake furtherreview of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling specifically cited the need “to ensure thatall environmental and public health impacts are mitigated or avoided”.● In December 2009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 submitted its comments on thefirst draft SGEIS. The agency called for “a greater emphasis…on the potential health impacts that maybe associated with gas drilling and hydrofracturing.” With this in mind, the agency also suggested thatNY’s DOH join DEC as co-lead on the SEQRA process and SGEIS document, which was not done. (Seeattached letter.)● In February 2011, hundreds of physicians, scientists, and organizations representing thousands of healthprofessionals sent a letter to DOH Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah detailing the risks to human healthfrom various stages of the gas development process and urging co-lead status for the DOH in the SGEISprocess. (See attached letter.)● On May 26, 2011, the NYS Assembly Environmental Conservation and Health Committees jointly helda public hearing on the connection between natural gas development and public health. Testimony bymedical professionals and scientists indicated the need for thorough public health investigation beforepermits for high volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are issued. (See attached testimony andletter to you from Committee Chairs Robert Sweeney and Richard Gottfried.)● There is a growing body of evidence on health impacts from industrial gas development. In Texas,Wyoming, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and other states, cases have been documented ofworsening health among residents living in proximity to gas wells and infrastructure such as compressorstations and waste pits. Symptoms are wide-ranging, but are typical for exposure to the toxic chemicalsand air and water pollutants used in oil and gas development and can often be traced to the onset of such
    • operations. (See attached documents.)Thank you for your consideration of this information and our requests. We look forward to speaking with youand working together to ensure changes to the SGEIS process that will protect the long-term health andwell-being of all New Yorkers.Sincerely,(List of signatories attached)ATTACHMENTS:1. Letter to NY DOH Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah from health professionals (February 5, 2011) with CD offootnoted articles.2. DVD of NY State Assembly public hearing on potential health effects of gas drilling (May 26, 2011).3. Letter to Governor Cuomo from Assemblymen Robert Sweeney and Richard Gottfried (June 14, 2011).4. Letter from EPA Region 2 with comments on the first draft SGEIS (December 30, 2009).5. Theo Colborn, Carol Kwiatkowski, Kim Schultz, and Mary Bachran. “Natural Gas Operations from aPublic Health Perspective.” International Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. Accepted forpublication; forthcoming 2011.6. Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project. Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Healthand Safety. April 2011.7. Dr. Conrad Daniel Volz, DrPH, MPH. Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment andPublic Works and the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, Joint Hearing on “Natural Gas Drilling, PublicHealth and Environmental Impacts.” April 12, 2011.SIGNATORIESHealth ProfessionalsAllan Abramson, MD, Chairman and Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ….School of Medicine, Hempstead, NYJudith Abrams, PA, LAc, Trumansburg, NYMargo Alexander, RN, Trumansburg, NYDavid Allyn, Skaneateles, NYAmerican Academy of Pediatrics District ll (New York State)Holly McGregor Anderson, RN, BS, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, NYSuzanne Anderson, MD, Trumansburg Family Heath Center, Trumansburg, NYMichelle Bamberger, MS, DVM, Veterinarian, Vet Behavior Consults, Ithaca, NYDelores Bennett, RN, Unadilla, NYPhyllis Beren, PhD, Psychoanalyst/Child Psychotherapist, New York, NYCassia Berman, Medical Qigong Therapist, Woodstock, NYPaul Bermanzohn, MD, Psychiatrist, Poughkeepsie, NYJennifer Bieler, RN, Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC, NYJustin Bishop, RN, Schenectady, NYRonald Bishop, PhD, CHO, State University of New York at Oneonta, NYEllen Bloom, Integrative Medical Network, Lake Katrine, NYMichael P. Branigan, CRNA, MS, Middlefield, NYKelly K. Branigan, RN, Middlefield, NYArlene Bregman, DrPH, White Lake, NY
    • Maureen Brennan Mercier, Saugerties, NYJohn Braunius, Mount Vision, NYEva F. Briggs, M.D. Family Practice, Ithaca, NYRoger Brinkerhoff, LCSW, Milanville, PAJudith Bromley, RN, Olivebridge, NYBroome County Medical SocietyChristopher Brown, LCSW Delhi, NYGlenda Brown, RN/Benedictine Hospital, Tivoli, NYRonald Burakoff, DMD, MPH, White Lake, NYPeter Burgevin, RN, Trumansburg, NYCarole Busch, Brooklyn, NYDrs. Jeffrey and Marybeth Carlberg, Family Practice, Skaneateles, NYPatricia Carlson, NYS LMT, Ithaca, NYJennifer Carroll, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Oncology, University of Rochester….Medical Center, Attending Physician, Brown Square Health Center, Rochester, NYEdgar Charles, MD, Rockefeller University and Manhattan VA Hospital, NYC, NYKevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY...Lolline Chong, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, Astoria, NYSheryl Collins BSMT, ASCP, Schenectady, NYNancy Cook, Licensed Psychologist, Painted Post, NYJohn David Cooke, MD, Family Practice, Trumansburg Family Health Center, Trumansburg, NYLinda Corshon, Healthcare Consultant, Livingston Manor, NYJanet Corson-Rikert, MD, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Ithaca, NYAnn Costello, MD, Internal Medicine, Ithaca, NYJohn Costello, MD, Internal Medicine, Ithaca, NYDeborah Covi, member of ADHA, Glenford, NYJohn A. del Campo, DDS, Alfred, NYMarcel Crago, Woodstock, NYDaria B. Crittenden, MD, NYU School of Medicine, Dept of Rheumatology, New York, NYJane Crowe, RN, New Springfield, OHJonathan E. Cryer, MD, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Ithaca, NYMargaret Davidson, RN, VNS, Hancock, NYLennard Davis, University of Illinois, Department of Medical Education, Bronx, NYSusan Delone, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Doylestown, PAWendy DeMarzo, Rochester, NYRoland A. DeSilva, Managing Partner, desilva + phillips, NYC, NYDyan Diemer, NYS LMT, NYC, NYKaren Dipane, RN, Callicoon, NYAnn Dnistrian, PhD, Laboratory Medicine, South Ozone Park, NYRobert M. Donius, Clare College Mentor, St. Bonaventure University,St. Bonaventure, NYDiane Dougherty, RN, Brooktondale, NYDr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair and CEO, World Information Transfer, Inc., NYC, NYLarysa Dyrszka, MD, Pediatrician, Bethel, NYPadma Dyvine, RN, CHPN, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Hurleyville, NYKathleen E. Dyman, Executive VP, on behalf of the Medical Societies of the Counties of Oneida, Herkimer,….Madison, Chenango, Oswego and CayugaMartin Ehrlich, MD, MPH, CAc, Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital Continuum Center for Health and….Healing, NYC, NYJoan Farber, Clinical Psychologist, NYC, NYLisa Fawcett, CSW/psychoanalyst, New York, NYDavid Feldshuh, MD, PhD, Emergency Medicine, Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NYKaren Felker Harrity, RN, Cortland County Health Department, Cortland, NYDonna Fellenberg, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Callicoon, NYPhilip L. Ferro, MD, Professor, OB/GYN, Director of Family Planning, Associate Director-Residency Program….SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
    • Donna Flayhan, PhD, Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz, Director, The Lower…..Manhattan Public Health ProjectChristopher Fordice, Research Chemist, Ithaca, NYWilliam Foresman, MD, President of the Medical Staff, Auburn Memorial Hospital, Auburn, NYElaine Frank, CSW, Philadelphia, PAJerry Freedner, MD, Valatie, NYAmy E. Freeth, MD, Attending, Department of Endocrinology; Medical Director, Comprehensive Diabetes Program; Research Scientist, Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, NYNeil Friedman, Institute for Expressive Analysis, Brookyn, NYRuth Garbus, Therapist, Woodstock, NYSharon Gary, NYS LPT, NYC NYCarol Gehl, RN, retired, Chippewa Falls, WILeon F Gerard, DDS, Boca Raton, FLAnnelise Gerry, Gerry Foundation, Bethel, NYMargarita Gershik-Gleyzer, LMSW, MA, Orange Regional Medical Center, Bethel, NYCindy Gieger, RN, Jeffersonville, NYDaniela Gioseffi, Retired Professor, Brookyn, NYAndi Gladstone, Executive Director, New York State Breast Cancer NetworkDonald Glauber, PhD, Vestal, NYAndrew F. Gold, DDS, and Associated Dentists Group, Bronx, NYDoris Goldberg, MD, MPH, public health physician, Woodstock, NYAlice Goodman, ASCO POST, Bearsville, NYCindy Gordon, MD, Internal Medicine, Dryden, NYArnold Gore, Consumers Health Freedom Coalition, New York, NYDavid Gould, MD, MBA, Livingston Manor and New York City, NYJohn Grant, CSW, Kingston, NYAlice Grow, RN, Geriatrics and Home Care, Newfield, NYSavannah Hadler, LMSW, NYC, NYAdam Hait, RPh, Bethel, NYAndrew Hall, Colorado Springs, COChad Haller, MD, Ophthalmology, Astoria, NYKatherine Halton, Willseyville, NYSue Hammond, MD, retired, Syracuse, NYJay Hanas, Biochemist/Toxicologist, Dundee, NYElaine Hardman, Wellsville, NYYusuf Harper, MD, Pure Grown LLC, Norwich, NYSueane Hemmer Goodreau, ND, RN, CFNP, Ithaca, NYBarbara H Heywood, Barton, NYNedra Hoffman, MPH, NYC, NYMagdalena D. Hohn, Internal Medicine, Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, N.YCarol Hornig, Nutritionist, West Hurley, NYClaire Robinson Howard, MS, ANP-C, NPP, Syracuse, NY 13202Antony Hsu, MD, Emergency Physician, Ithaca, NYJulie Huntsman, DVM, Otsego, NYSusan J Huxtable, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, West Winfield, NYSusan L. Hyman, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, Rochester, NYPatricia Jacob, Family Nurse Practitioner, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Bassett Medical Center,….Cooperstown, NYKenneth Jaffe, MD, Slope Farms, East Meredith, NYLucia Jander, MD, Ithaca, NYJanet L. Johnson, MD, Tully Family Practice, Tully, NYChris Jones, PA, Beacon, NYSarah Kager, RN, Ithaca, NYLila Kalinich, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, NYC, NY Past President of the Association for Psychoanalytic MedicineFredric Kardon, MD, Internal Medicine, Ithaca, NY
    • Lee Karr, PhD, Psychologist, Venice, FLSuzanne Kates, NYS LMT, Ithaca, NYDavid Kauber, NYS LMT, Aurora, NYMary Alice Keator, MS, LAc, CNC, Rochester, NYBasia Kielczynska, MS, L.Ac, Beth Israel Medical Center, Staten Island, NYConnie Kieltyka, CNM, NP, Olivebridge Midwifery PLLC, Olivebridge, NYHelen Koerner, Livingston Manor, NYKatrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Deputy Director, EHSC Community Outreach and Engagement Core,….Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, NYBonnie Koshofer, Occupational Therapist, Schenectady, NYJudy Kugelmass, PhD, Special Ed and Counseling, Binghamton, NYAntoinette Kuzminski, MD, Fly Creek, NYKaren LaFace, MD, Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca, Ithaca, NYRobert Laurentz, PsyD, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NYAdam Law, MD, Endocrinologist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ithaca, NYRosa Lee, Holistic Practitioner, Rock Hill, NYJames Leff, DC, Lyons, NYLilly Lei, MD, Bovina Center, NYGail Lennstrom, Physical Therapist, Delaware Co Public Health, Margaretville, NYEric Lessinger MD, Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, Ithaca, NYRebecca Liddell, RN, Downsville, NYSam Liebowitz, Double Diamond Wellness, Inc., New York, NYJamie Loehr, MD, Cayuga Family Medicine, Ithaca, NYAndrea Lomanto, The NY Open Center, NYC, NYJames D Lomax, MD, Bethel, NYEric London, MD, Psychiatrist and Autism Researcher, New York, NYWendy Lubin, New York University Postdoctoral Program, Bronx, NYJames C. Macmillan, MD, President, Tompkins County Board of Health, Ithaca, NYJudith Maidenbaum, PhD, Licensed New York State Psychoanalyst, NYC, NYTerry Major, Skaneateles, NYBarbara Mancroni, RDH, Rock Hill, NYDana Mandel, Lifespan PT, OT, and SLP Services, PLLC, King Ferry, NYJohn Manring, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychiatry Residency Training, SUNY-….Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYGraham Marks, MAc, Director Acupuncture Clinic/Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville , NYPeter Martin, LMSW, Claryville, NYBetty Marton, New Paltz, NYJonathan Mauser, MD, Cayuga Cardiology, Ithaca, NYMerle McEldowney, NYC, NYNancy McGraw, Public Health Professional, Long Eddy, NYEllen M McHugh, MD, Pediatrician, Horseheads, NYJoy McIlvaine, Nurse Practitioner, NYC, NYCarol McIntosh, Retired RN, BS, PHN, Oneonta, NYSusan Mead, Visitng Nurse Service, Ithaca, NYMary Menapace, RN, Skaneateles, NYMichael Messing, DDS, MPH, Copake, NYRenee E. Mestad, MD, MSCI, Syracuse, NYKevin Millar, CRNA, MSN, Owego, NYAlice Miller, MD, Camillus, NYKaren Miller, President of Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and Prevention Is the CureSusan G. Miller, MD, Internal Medicine, Lansing, NYTeresa R. Miller, MD, Aurora, NYIrving Laurice Mintz, MSW, Bio-psycho-social consultant, Staten Island, NYGary Mirkin, MD, Pediatrician, Long Island, NYChristina Mitchell, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Walton, NY
    • Sarah Mitchell, Glen Spey, NYSusan Moran, Health Professional, Woodstock, NYMonica Morgan, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ithaca, NYLori Anderson Moseman, Ithaca, NYAmy Moses, LMT, Stone Ridge, NYMarian Mumford, LCSW, Ithaca, NYLinda Murphy, RN, Rhinebeck, NYRamon JC Murphy, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Mt Sinai Medical Center, NYC, NYNurit Nardi, Inner Connection, Highland, NYLaura Neiman, Psychologist, New York, NYJohn Nelson, PhD, CPNP, Nurse Practioner, Livingston Manor, NYKaima Nelson-Bowne, LMT, Franklin, NYJamie Noeth, Body, Mind and Spirit, Mongaup Valley, NYKathleen Nolan, MD, MSL, Bioethics Consultant, Mt Tremper, NYMary OBrien, MD, Columbia University Health Service, NYC, NYRichard OKeefe, MD, Columbia University, NYC, NYElaine Olshan, Social Services, Smallwood, NYRobert Oswald, PhD, Biochemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYMichelle Oswald, Ithaca, NYOtsego County Medical SocietyLili Packer, RN, COHN, Retired, Catskills, NYElizabeth Parker, RN, Tivoli, NYSheldon Pasternack, Monticello, NYPaula Patell, RN, Auburn, NYVincent M. Pedre, MD, Clinical Instructor, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Medical Director, Pedre Integrative….Health, New York, NYMonica Perrotti, RN, Clinton, NYMike Pesci, PA, Syracuse , NYRhonda Peterson, MD, Hornell, NYPhysicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy EnergyCarol Piciullo, RDH, Laurens, NYSJ Pike, Federal employee, New York, NYBeatrice Plasse, MSW, PhD, Columbia University, NYC, NYLou Priem, MD, ICU physician, Cooper, NYSophia Prybylski, Retired, Prattsville, NYJoseph Martin Quezada, DPM, AACFAS, Podiatrist, Ithaca, NYRose Marie Raccioppi, APOGEE Learning™ Tappan, NYDr. Donald Raddatz, Chief, Department of Rheumatology, Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NYAlice Radosh, Psychologist, Lake Hill, NYMargaret Rafferty, DNP, MPH, RN, NYC, NYLeia Raphaelidis, FNP, Ithaca, NYSue Rapp, LCSW-R, Vestal, NYElizabeth Rappaport, RN, Gardiner, NYCarol Flamm Reingold, NYS LMT, New York, NYJeannette Rice, MSHEd, Rensselaerville, NYBarbara Rosen, MD, Psychiatrist, OMH, Woodstock, NYChris Rosenthal, Harmony Hill Retreat Center, East Meredith, NYStacey Rosenzweig, MD, Chestnut Ridge Pediatric Associates, Woodcliff Lake, NJToby Rossman, PhD, Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, NYU-Langone Medical Center, Tuxedo….Park, NYPeter O. Rostenberg, MD, Internal Medicine and Public Health, Sherman, CTAllan B. Rubin, MD, Professor NY Medical College, Nanuet, NYRenee A. Ryan, MD Family Practice / Urgent Care, Ithaca, NYMadelon Sann, LCSW, Mental Health Practitioner, New York, NYBarbara Sarah, LCSW, Third Opinion, Kingston, NYWilliam R. Sawyer, PhD, D-ABFM, D-ABFE, Toxicologist, Skaneateles, NY
    • Naomi Schechter, PhD, Psychologist, New York, NYCynthia Schnedeker, FNP-C, Occupational Medicine, Ithaca, NYPeter Schwartz, MD, Ophthalmology / Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ithaca, NYDiane Schwarzbrott, RN, Huntington Station, NYJan Shapiro, RN, Hospice Inc, Wallkill, NYJoan Sheehan, President, and Margaret Roberts, Program Coordinator, Capital Region Action Against….BreastCancer (CRAAB)Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of….Medicine, New York City, NYAvni Shetreat-Klein, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine, Assistant Professor, Mt Sinai Hospital, NYC, NYMaya Shetreat-Klein, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of….Medicine, Bronx, NYHoward Silcoff, MD, Family Medicine, Dryden, NYMarjory Slobetz, CSW, Brookyn, NYSusan Soboroff, MD, Ithaca Free Clinic and PNHP, Trumansburg, NYIrene Soloway, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NYGregg StClair, LAc, MS, St.Clair Family Health, Clifton Park, NYSandra Steingraber, PhD, biologist, author, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Department of….Environmental Studies, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NYIzetta Stern, CSW, NYC, NYSally Steedman, Nurse, NYC, NYJeff Snedeker, MD, Northeast Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Ithaca, NYKenneth R. Spaeth, MD, MPH, Hastings on Hudson, NYKathleen Sumner, Collaborative Healing Physical Therapy, Fonda, NYWayne E. Sygman, DC, Sygman Chiropractic, Levittown, NYCarolyn Tavares, RN, Ithaca, NYMelissa W. Thibault, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Ithaca, NYBrooke Tinney, Dweller By The Stream Inc., Boiceville, NYNatasha Tolaram, CSW, Jersey City, NJPaul F. Torrisi, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYAndrea Torrado, MD, Pediatrician, Ithaca, NYTompkins County Medical SocietyWayne Tusa, Environmental Risk, New York, NYWilliam Tyler, MD, retired physician (oncology), Dryden, NYMarguerite Uhlmann-Bower, Registered Nurse, Herbalist, East Meredith, NYMary Jane Uttech, Deputy Public Health Director, Cortland County Health Department, Cortland, NYJanet Waterston MSW, Queens, NYMuhammad Wattoo, MD, Internal Medicine, Ithaca, NYHeather Wdowin, NMD, CALaura Weinberg, President, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, NYEllen White Weir, Goldpetals, Cooperstown, NYJonathan Weiss, MD, Swan Lake, NYRichard Weiskopf, MD, affiliated with Physicians for Social Responsibility, Syracuse, NYWilliam Weissman, New York Chiropractic College, Lake Hill, NYHelene Weissman, Woodstock, NYLaura Weinberg, President of Great Neck Breast Cancer CoalitionRobin Whelan, retired LTC nurse, Luterville-Timonium, MDBen Williams, MPH, George Washington University, Washington, DC and Ithaca, NYNena Winand, DVM, PhD, Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell….University, Ithaca, NYRebecca Woutersz, LAc, Delmar, NYEmily Wurth, MPH, Water Program Director, Food & Water WatchMargo A. Yntema RN, Willseyville, NYWendy S. Ziecheck, MD, Internal Medicine, CEO/President: Park 55 Medical Associates, New York, NYDavid Zimmerman, MD, NYC, NY
    • OrganizationsAdvocates for Cherry Valley, Inc., Lynn Ellen MarshAdvocates for Morris, Maureen DillAdvocates for Springfield, Harry LevineAllegany County Concerned Citizens, Shari CollinsBinghamton Regional Sustainabilty Coalition, Chris BurgerBreast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, Holly AndersonCapital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!), Margaret Roberts, Program CoordinatorCatskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Bruce FergusonCatskill Mountainkeeper, Wes GillinghamChenango Community Action for Renewable Energy (C-CARE), Erin HeatonChurch Women United of New York State, Mary SmithCitizens Campaign for the Environment, Adrienne EspositoCitizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles, Holland C. GreggCroton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Inc, David FergusonCoalition to Protect NY (CPNY), Jack OssontCoalition to Stop the Minisink Compressor Station, Pramilla MalikCommittee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, Edward SeusConcerned Citizens of Danby, Gay Garrison RNConcerned Citizens of Town of Oneonta, Maria McMullenConcerned Citizens of Ulysses, Michelle Bamberger, DVMCortlandt W.A.T.C.H., Susan McDonnellDamascus Citizens for Sustainability, Barbara ArrindellDelaware Riverkeeper Network, Tracy CarluccioDryden Resource Awareness Coalition, Marie McRaeEarthjustice, Deborah Goldberg, JD, Managing AttorneyEarthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project, Nadia SteinzorEmpire State Consumer Project, Inc., Judy BraimanEnvironment New York, Eric WhalenEnvironmental Advocates of New York, Rob MooreFood & Water Watch, Water Program Director, Emily Wurth, MPHFrack Action, Julia WalshFriends of Butternuts, Michele FarwellFriends of Decatur, Gail SondergaardFriends of Vestal, Sue RappGas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC), Sheila CohenGas Free Seneca, Yvonne TaylorGASLAND, Josh FoxGrassroots Environmental Education, Patti WoodGreat Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, Laura WeinbergGroton Resource Awareness Coalition, Sharon KohkonenHighland Concerned Citizens, Carol RoigHuntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Prevention Is the Cure, Karen MillerKeuka Residents Against Hydrofracking, Joe HoffResidents Opposing Unsafe Shale-Gas Extraction (ROUSE), Bill PodulkaMarcellus Accountability Project--Tompkins (MAP--Tompkins), Sandy PodulkaMiddlefield Neighbors, Kelly BraniganNeighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), Jack RamsdenNew York Residents Against Drilling (NYRAD), Kevin MillarNew York State Breast Cancer Coalition, Andi GladstoneNortheast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY), Lea Kone
    • New York Public Interest Research Group Fund, Inc., Watershed Protection Coordinator, Cathleen BreenOtsego 2000, Nicole A. Dillingham, JDOtsego Neighbors, Julie Huntsman DVMPeople for a Healthy Environment, Doug CouchonProtect Laurens, Kristina W. TurechekRabbit Creek Farm, Dyan Hazer-LombardiRiverkeeper, Inc, Katherine Hudson, Watershed Program DirectorRoseboom Owners Awareness Response (ROAR), Allegra Schecter and Lynn Ellen MarshSanford/Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens group (SOACC), Kathy KlopchinShaleshock Action Alliance, Sara HessSierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Roger DownsSullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development, Wendy Robinson, JDSummerhill Gas Action, Shannon CaldwellTioga Peace and Justice, Cecile Lawrence, PhD, JDUnited for Action, David BraunUpper Unadilla Valley Association, Larraine McNultyWestchester for Change, Susan Van Dolsen and Ellen Deixler