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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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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:

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.


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: 2214

David Binkowski
Large Media
33 Pitio Road
Glen Spey, NY
Marsha Green
130 Taylor Road
Morris, NY
Alexis Mohr
148 School House Lane
Hopewell Junction, NY
nancy bolton
Po Box 179
Odessa, New York
Douglas Kinney, D.M.D.
63 River Street
Oneonta, NY
Mikki Chalker
119 Prospect St
Binghamton, NY
Patricia Vendryes
173 Main Street
Groton, NY
Anne Forbes
146 hillcrest ave.
Geneva, Ny
Kathleen Cooke
5539 Lisle Road
Owego, NY
Laurie Shaver
147 Connecticut Hill Rd
Newfield, New York
Erica Hart
93 William Brown Rd.
Hankins, NY
thomas p. warner
2513 brookview road
castleton, new york
Susan Sarabasha
311 Tupper Road
West Danby, NY
Carole Kunstadt
51 Ryan Drive
West Hurley, NY
Yvonne Lucia
4011 Saddlemire Rd
Binghamton, NY
Kalika Stern
75 timberhill lane
South Fallsburg, New York
Teri Slater
7 Gracie Square
New York,, N .Y. 10028
Thomas Fredericks
379 Elston Hill Rd
Van Etten, NY
Judith Fletcher
525 W. 238th St. Apt. A1
Bronx, New York
Daniel Otis
815 North Tioga
Ithaca, NY
David Brown
Amphibious Films
92 Ithaca Road
Ithaca, NY
Patricia Dinges
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Salt Point, NY
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Auburn, NY
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Bronx, NY
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rhinebeck, NY
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new york, ny
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Ithaca , NY
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Ithaca, NY
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Hudson, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, NY
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Ithaca, NY: NEW YORK
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Kerhonkson, NY
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Levittown, NY
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Rochester, NY