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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Erin Heaton Meyer
Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy
510 County Road 31
Norwich, New York
Mary Graham
4021 McIntyre Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Joan-Marie Bauman
106 Rupp Road
Monticello, NY
Douglass Turner
37 S. Main Street
Alfred, NY
Katie Race
741 comfort rd
Spencer, NY
Barbara Heywood
Residents Against Fracking Tioga County RAFT
2804 Ellis Creek Rd
Barton, New York
C. Giffuni
East 27 Street
New York, NY
Neill Clenaghan
8 Acre View Dr
Northport, NY
Lara Glasner
7491 Modock Road
Victor, New York
Diane MacInnes
Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens (SOACC)
739 Oquaga Lake Road
Deposit (Town of Sanford), New York
Treva Levine
8 Hunters Lane
Ithaca, Ny
Eric Slater
Friends of The Earth
312 Cornish Hill Road
Cooperstown , NY
Robert Carlson
183 Seven Mile Drive
Ithaca, NY
Noreen Stevenson
16 Elm Street
Chester, New York
annie campbell
fitzgerald road
trumansburg, New York
Elizabeth Watts
16 Starks Place
Lynbrook, NY
Milene Z. Morfei
P. O. Box 384
Aurora, NY
Chris Furst
Ithaca, NY
Alex Root
420 E70TH ST, APT 14R
New York, NY
Geo Kloppel
227 Tupper Road
Spencer, NY
Christopher Errante
39 Union St.
Johnson City, NY
Carolyn Clark Pierson
Professional Tutor
5262 County Highway 14
Treadwell, New York
Paul Willsea
8415 garlinghouse rd
Naples, New york
Vinny Aliperti
Billsboro Winery
4760 W Lake Rd
Geneva, NY
Christopher Errante
39 Union St.
Johnson City, NY
Karen Butler
317 C. H. 40
Worcester, NY
Karen Neuberg
2 Grace Court, Apartment 2R
Brooklyn,, NY
Christine Bastoni
779 County Road 36
Guilford, New York
Robert Lederman
555 Bway
NY, New York
peter jung
Peter Jung Fine Art
512 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
lori mentzer
60 roeliff meadow
copake, ny
Catherine Lewis
242 Cedar Cove
Lansing, NY
Scott Feldman
59 Hamilton Ave.
Staten Island, NY
Steven Bissen
641 Midline Road
Freeville, NY
Beth Mielbrecht
53 Enfield Main Road
Ithaca, NY
Keith Chadwick
1257 Fowler Place
Binghamton, New York
Helen Mandeville
Diane Stein
40 Harrison St., Apt. 15A
New York, NY
Maureen Conron
5157 State Highway 23
Norwich, New York
Ann Stickel
7 Redwood Ave
Whitesboro, NY
Laurie Roe
108 West Buffalo St.
Ithaca, NY
Mary Ellen Heaton
6 Northrup Avenue
Norwich, NY
Amanda Byrnes
127 Co. Hwy. 5
Otego, NY
Patti Duquette
Smith pond road
Avoca, NY
Beverly Singer
2 Denton Road
Binghamton, NY
Bruce Medanich
109 Lord Lane
South New Berlin, NY
Donna Skinner
Patricia Heaton
300 Ridge Road
Lansing, New York
Michael Wolfson
430 East 86th Street, Apt 17H
New York, NY