02/20/2013 - 02/20/2013

Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers Applaud Gov. Cuomo's Decision to Delay High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing until Science is Complete

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2013

 

Contact: Seth B. Shonkoff, (510) 899-9706, sshonkoff@psehealthyenergy.org

 

PHYSICIANS, SCIENTISTS, AND ENGINEERS APPLAUD GOVERNOR CUOMO'S
DECISION TO DELAY LIFTING THE MORATORIUM ON HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING UNTIL THE SCIENCE IS COMPLETE

 

February 20, 2013

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

 

 

Dear Governor Cuomo:

 

Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) applauds your move to delay your
decision on lifting the moratorium on shale gas development in New York until the science is
complete. We thank you for remaining true to your word that the science should be definitive to the
decision making process.

 

We commend you for making this decision especially because it runs counter to some actions taken
by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and governors in other states with
shale oil and gas such as Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania, Governor Kasich of Ohio, and Governor
Hickenlooper of Colorado who have failed to allow the science to guide their decisionmaking.
After lobbying by former Governor Ed Rendell, the EPA prematurely dropped its legal action against
Range Resources in a groundwater contamination case in Texas with no scientific basis, ignoring
reports by an independent scientist that the contamination may have been caused by shale gas
drilling.

 

In Pennsylvania, Governor Corbett continued Marcellus shale gas drilling without any scientific
oversight and passed Act 13 in the absence of rigorous medical and scientific information.
Governor Cuomo, you have signaled with your action to delay your decision on lifting the
moratorium on shale gas production that it is imperative that science, not politics drive your decision.
This is especially important since emerging science has increasingly found shale gas production to be
fraught with risks to the environment, to climate, and to human health.
Sincerely yours,

 

Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, PE

President

 

Seth B. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH
 Executive Director

 

 

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