9/29/12 Letter to New York State DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens Requesting Creation of a Regulatory Ban on Shale Gas Extraction


Joseph Martens, Commissioner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Commissioner Martens,

I have expert knowledge on the subject of chemical exposure cancer
causation.  It is most clear that the extraction of shale gas will
increase the exposure of New York State residents to chemical
carcinogens, including:  formaldehyde, benzene, polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons (PAHs), diesel exhaust particulates and radionuclides.
Exposures to these chemicals have been associated with increased
cancer risk.

Cancer exists at epidemic levels throughout the industrialized world.
Cancer incidence continues to rise worldwide.  It is unreasonable to
take actions that result in significant increases in exposures to
chemicals that cause cancer in a time of global cancer epidemic and
increasing incidence of cancer.

You must act upon your responsibility to protect the environment and
public health.  Please set about creating a regulatory ban against
shale gas extraction in New York State.  Such an action would
demonstrate the capacity of government to stand up to corporate
pressure when public health is threatened by polluting activities.
The people of New York State are watching to see if this is the kind
of government that we have.  If you show New Yorkers that government
is unable to provide this protection, you will find that the result is
loss of your position as a government official.  There must be
accountability for failure to act for the protection of the
environment and public health.  Such accountability is a necessity of
good governance.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625


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