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Governor Cuomo: Please withdraw the Marcellus Shale Draft SGEIS because it is nearly five years old, lacks any current information and would inadequately protect New York from fracking hazards

We, the undersigned, write respectfully to request that you withdraw the Marcellus Shale Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) because it is nearly five years old, lacks any current information whatsoever and would inadequately protect New York from fracking hazards.

In 2008, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) decided not to permit shale fracking until a Final SGEIS was adopted to safeguard public health and the environment. That de facto moratorium has prevented even one shale gas production well from ever being fracked in our state.

The original Draft SGEIS was proposed in 2009 and is based on a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) adopted nearly 22 years ago. The Draft SGEIS is based on a scoping proceeding undertaken six years ago. A Revised Draft SGEIS was released nearly three years ago and has never been updated.

Given the long delay in adopting the Draft SGEIS, it lacks any current information. As a result, it fails to assess hundreds of recent investigations, studies and reports that have significantly expanded the scientific understanding of shale fracking’s pollution impacts.

Most importantly, the “health impact analysis” in the Draft SGEIS reflects information that is nearly five years old. That is ancient by scientific investigation standards.

Given these shortcomings, it would be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.

That is why we respectfully request that you:

a) Withdraw the Draft SGEIS;

b) Halt your State Department of Health (DOH) “review” of the dated “health impact analysis” in the Draft SGEIS;

c) Instruct your DOH to undertake a comprehensive shale fracking “Public Health Impact Study” openly and transparently using all available current data;

d) Require DOH and DEC to utilize the findings of the “Public Health Impact Study” to propose and adopt a new Generic Environmental Impact Statement. That is precisely what the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended in 2009. See: http://www.toxicstargeting.com/sites/default/files/Marcellus_dSGEIS_Comment_Letter_plus_Enclosure_0.pdf

Against that background, New York has an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate the fossil fuel extraction hazards that have plagued our state for nearly 200 years. Only one natural gas well was drilled and “completed” for production in New York during all of 2013, the most recent year for which DEC permitting information is publicly available.

According to DEC's data, statewide natural gas production has now fallen to the level of 25 years ago. New York’s natural gas production plunged from 54,916 million cubic feet (mmcf) in 2007 to 26,424 mmcf in 2012. That is a 52% decline. The recent natural gas boom has essentially gone bust.

DEC’s data also document that oil production in New York has plummeted for 70 years and recently reached the lowest production levels in a century. All the oil extracted in New York in a day would not even fill one backyard swimming pool.

See: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/12anrpt.pdf

To achieve the goal of protecting New Yorkers from fossil fuel extraction hazards, we request that you halt improper gas/oil wastewater disposal practices involving landspreading as well as brine pit dumping and adopt strict toxic clean up liability, private right of legal action and financial surety requirements to allow citizens to protect themselves in the absence of strict regulatory oversight.

Until this comprehensive plan of action has been implemented, we request that New York’s shale fracking moratorium remain in full effect.

Thank you for considering our respectful request. We look forward to receiving your prompt reply.

Very best regards,

Total Signatory Count: 2197

Walter Hang
215 N. Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY
Dr. Benjamin Perkus
President of the Board
NYRAD
1617 State Route 12
Binghamton, NY
David Shalloway
Professor
Cornell University
90 Lieb Rd
Spencer, NY
Paula MacDonald
Margaret Goodman
51 Broomall Lane
Glen Mills, PA
Chris Stoscheck
141 Albee Hill Road
Van Etten, NY
Candace Mingins
141 Albee Hill Road
Van Etten, NY
Betsy Bonsignore
RN LMT
Gas Free Seneca
1 E. Pulteney St
Corning, NY
John and Martha Stoltenberg
N8362 State Highway 67, P.O. Box 596
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Charleen Heidt
107 West Falls Street
Ithaca, NY
Barbara Koslowski
18 Renwick Hts. Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Judith Hyman
632 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY
Henry Sommers
11 Culver Pkwy
Vestal, NY 13850
Gina Santonas
Ms
211 Cornelia St
Brooklyn, NY
sarah sweeny
PO Box 6
Tivoli, NY
Dru Wheelin
1028 Ellis Hollow Rd
Ithaca, NY
Christine Bainbridge
1450 Mecklenburg Rd
Ithaca, NY
eli pepper
Mr.
22 park trail
croton, New York
Paula Kaartinen
Founding member
Save SVE and Residents Against Fracking Tioga
395 Crumtown Rd
Spencer, NY
Nancy L. and Conrad A. ISTOCK
Two retired biologists
41 Horizon Dr.
Ithaca, NY
Janet Allen
401 Parsons Drive
Syracuse, NY
Susan Kendrick
1228 Ellis Hollow road
Ithaca, NY
Susanne McNally
Professor
Hobart/Wm Smith Colleges
490 S Main St
Geneva, NY
Joanne Steele
Chair
Mid-Hudson Group of the Atlantic Chapter Sierra Club
1 Union Center Road
Saint Remy, NY
Cornelia Farnum
Brooktondale, New York
Susan Straight
5539 Bower Rd
Trumansburg, NY
brenda lee
16 quarry dr
wappingers falls, ny
Joseph Wilson
Mr.
75 Hunt Hill
Ithaca, NY
Martin Jorgensen
1692 Ellis Hollow Rd. #2
Ithaca, NY
Karen Matsu Greenberg
Pine Mountains Print Production LLC
922 County Road 94
Fremont Center, NY
Susan Holland
243 Union Center Road
Ulster Park, NY
Gudrun Scott
member of Fingerlake Group
Sierra Club
1759 Hawks Rd
Andover, NY
Louis Linder
Linder
21 Pine Rd
Briarcliff Manor, New York
Patricia Welch
27 North Street
Camillus , NY
Robert Jacobson
none
342 Dean St.
Brooklyn, New York
Judith Eda
228 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
Rodney Priddle
NEC Secretary & CCI
International Federation of Flyfisher's - North Eastern Council
1 Angle Rd
Mechanicville, NY
Robert Nickerson
69 Hart Road
Spencer, New York
Helen Burlingham
6320 Soper Rd.
Perry, NY
Karen Chimento
ClearView Psychotherapy Associates
110 West Upland Road
Ithaca, NY
Pamela Camara
22 Fourth St
High Falls, New York
Gerrit Crouse
emeritus member
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
38 4th Avenue, Apt 2-N
Nyack, NY
Ellen Weir
President
Goldpetals inc.
111 Christian hill road
Cooperstown, New York
Daniel Ripperton
PO Box 339
Ithaca, NY
Terry Van Meter
160 Meadow Stream Dr
Amherst, NY
John S Mead
219 W Lincoln Str.
Ithaca, New York
Laura Cole
273 Old Camby Rd
Verbank, NY
Nicholas Renbeck
885 Centre Road
Staatsburg, NY
Paul Houston
1047 Snyder Hill Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Jeffrey Juran
800 South Plain St Apt. 806
Ithaca, NY

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