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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

roy volpe
195 ressique road
stormville, ny
Roque Ristorucci
100 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY
John Friel
521 West State Road
Cortland, NY
bob cohen
795 rt.61
shushan, ny
Cherry Rahn
16 Jay St
Geneva, NY
Jeffrey Peyton
social entrepreneur
Prescott, Durrell & Co
3400 Hawthorne Ave
Richmond, VA
Nedra Harvey
Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shalegas Extraction (R-CAUSE)_
Rochester, N.Y.
Chris Hernandez
98-19 64th Ave, Apt 5A
Rego Park, NY
Major Funderburk
135-12 232 Street
Laurelton ,Queens, New York 11413-2536
Joseph Hoff
Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking
7092 West Bluff Drive
Keuka Park, NY
bruce krug
2771 west road
constableville, new york
Rosemary Grabowska
28 Innis Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY
susan gateley
Lake Shore Env Action/Silver Waters Sailing school
12025 Delling Rd
Wolcott, ny
Melissa Stephenson
77 Peruville Road
Lansing, NY
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63 Beacon Hill Rd.
Ardsley, NY
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Restaurant Owner
Self employed
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232 Frisbee Road
East Meredith, NY
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20 East 9th St.
New York, N.Y.
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1559 betts hill road
Delhi, New York.
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2104 Euclid Avenue
Syracuse, NY
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143 Westview Lane
Ithaca, NY
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327 tupper rd
spencer, NY
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438 peekskill hollow rd
putnam valley, New York
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Events Coordinator - English Dept.
Cornell University
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335 State Street
Albany, New York
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119 N. Division St.
Peekskill, New York
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102 Old Stage Toad
Groton, NY
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286 Midline Rd.
Freeville, NY
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private citizen
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South New Berlin, New York
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Hammondsport, New York (NY)
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PO Box 259
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Arnold Omland Sanding Co.
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Maryland, NEW YORK
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125 Valleyview
Ithaca, NY
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173 Bundy Road
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POB 24
Swain, Ny
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5900 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, New York
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1561 pennsylvania ave.
pine city, new york
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33 James St.
Dryden, NY
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402 W. 148th St #42
New York, NY
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17 North St.
Lexington, MA
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Environmental Action
Beacon Sloop Club
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Beacon, NY
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Otsego 2000
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Cherry Valley, NY
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Associate Professor of Chemistry
6971 Reservoir Rd.
Clinton, NY
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8484 State Route 20
Waterville, NY
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1773 Teedlebrook Road
Jefferson, New York 12093
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105 Champlain Ave
Westport, NY