Letter from NY Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo to DEC Com. Joe Martens


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A letter from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (Democrat) to Dept. of Environmental Conservation head Joe Martens requesting he convene a meeting of the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel that he appointed last year (a group that hasn't had a meeting in about a year). She wants to complain about the so-called health review and complain in general that she doesn't want to see new fracking rules released--at least not yet.

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Letter from NY Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo to DEC Com. Joe Martens

  1. 1. THE ASSEMBLY CHAIR STATE OF NEW YORK Legislative Commission on Science and Technology ALBANY COMMITTEES Economic Development Election Law Environmental Conservation Higher Education TransportationDONNA A. LUPARDOMember of Assembly Veterans’ Affairs 126TH District December 5, 2012 Commissioner Joe Martens New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 Dear Commissioner Martens, In light of the recent release of a revised set of proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing and your agency’s request for a 90-day extension to the rulemaking process, I am respectfully asking that you convene a meeting of the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel as soon as possible. I would appreciate a briefing on what specific changes were proposed in the rulemaking document. I also have a number of questions about the the health "review" that I would like to see addressed. My main concerns are as follows: 1) What specifically have the three health experts been asked to review? 2) How does the health "review" differ from a comprehensive health impact assessment? 3) Have the contracted health experts been provided with copies of the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) report to the HVHF panel? Have they been asked to factor in the concerns expressed by these county health professionals? 4) Will the public have any input into the health review? 5) How do you plan to integrate the recommendations of the health experts into the SGEIS? 6) How can the public comment on the regulations by January 11th if the recommendations from the health experts are not due back until February? I also have several other concerns that I have been waiting to discuss with the panel. We never fully completed our analysis of potential negative economic impacts and mitigation strategies. As you know, I am especially interested in urban impacts given the nature of my Assembly district. Thank you for your time and attention. Sincerely, Donna A. Lupardo Member of Assembly Cc: Commissioner Nirav Shah Cc: Speaker Sheldon Silver ALBANY OFFICE: Room 557, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 12248 • 518-455-5431, FAX 518-455-5693 DISTRICT OFFICE: State Office Building, 17th Floor, 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York 13901-4416 • 607-723-9047, FAX 607-723-9313 E-MAIL: lupardod@assembly.state.ny.us