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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Olivia Vent
194 East Miller Road
Ithaca, New York
Constance McKinney
20 Sheldon St.
Binghamton, NY
Catherine Cicero
352 Ruggles Road
Gansevoort, NY
Robert Howarth
4124 Reynolds Road
Trumansburg, NY
deb benzer
714 n. cayuga st
ithaca , ny
Ellen Schmidt
8 Fenung Circle
Ithaca, NY
Jennifer Engel
927 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY
Robin Schmidt
41-15 46 St.
Sunnyside, NY
Greg and Helen Crowell
166 phoenix mills cross rd
Cooperstown, NY
J E Delman
Red Hook, NY
John Suter
21 Brooktondale Rd
Ithaca, NY
Diane Fine
104 E. Lewis Street
Ithaca, NY
Denis Byrne
Committee Chair
30 Cliff Rd
Belle Terre, NY
Jacqueline Wichman
516 South Plain Street
Ithaca, NY
george j mundt, jr
retired attorney
po box 187
newark valley, ny
102 Larch Circle Suite 301
Wilmington, Delaware
Frank Regan
Rochester, NY
Kristina Fedorov
6920 State Hwy.7
Maryland, NY
Paul Baumann
101 Oak Street
Brooklyn, New York
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po box 804
millbrook, ny
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anna wright
447 seymour hill rd
harpursville, new york 13787-1865
Susan Goldsholl
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Owego, NY
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701 N. Tioga St.
Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, NY
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Geneva, NY
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New York, New York
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Skaneateles, NY
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Brooklyn, New York
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Vestal, NY
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Ithaca City School System
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Ithaca, New York
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Gilbertsville, New York
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Geneva, NY
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Skaneateles, NY
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Deposit (town of Sanford), NY
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Ithaca , Ny
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Ithaca, NY
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Oneonta, NY
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Ithaca, NY