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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Donald McFarland
SUNY at Fredonia
3434 County Road 9
Luis Morales
Harrison St
Teresa Michel
1849 Honoco Rd
Aurora, NY
Paul VanSlyke
Lazy Drone Apiary
289 Farnham Rd
Windsor, New York
Jessie Reich
Administrative Coordinator
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Auburn , NY
Sarah McFarland
3434 County Road 9
Deena Rambaum
161 Gray Rd
Ithaca, NY
David Heck
Court Street Dental
310 E. Court St.
Ithaca, New York
Robert Aceto
Adelaide Gomer
Park Foundation
513 Wyckoff Road
Ithaca, New York
Lee Miller
920 N. Tioga
Ithaca, New York (NY)
John Gebhards
48 Wintergreen Ave.
Newburgh, NY
Katie Rehner
Stephanie McMahon
6405 Palmiter Rd.
Alfred Station, NY
Beth Olearczyk, MD
87 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, NY
Doris & Dr Harold Chorny
510 Decker Rd
Wallkill, New York
harold kugelmass
Ronald Lytel
Ronald L. Lytel Design
87 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, NY
Maggie Pitkin
4360 McIntyre Road
Trumansburg, NY
Bart Daly
143 Miles Ave
Syracuse, NY
joe cali
4789 county road 33
honeoye, new york
melissa melnik
8524 hayes hollow rd
colden, ny
Dennis Higgins
592 County Route 5
Otego, New York
Elizabeth DeWitt
36-14 165th Street
Flushing, NY
Jane Bonacci
Snell Rd
Geneva, NY
Lyla Medeiros
80 Canoncito
Cedar Crest, NM
Hether daSilva
200 Church Street
White Plains, New York
56 Yankee Folly Road
New Paltz , N.Y.
Molly Glesmann
9732 Starr Hill Rd
Remsen, NY
Holly Anderson
8008 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights, New York 11372
John and Sue Gregoire
Founders and chief scientists
Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
Burdett, NY
Arthur Markle
546 berme rd
high falls, ny
Kenneth Fogarty
C-CARE (Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy)
746 Gospel Hill Road
Guilford, New York
Todd Reinhart
420 81st Street
Brooklyn, NY
Robert Sawchuk
18 Guilford Court Unit B
Ridge, New York
Irene Huhner
New York, NY
Leland Snyder
Spokes Person
S-OACC (Sanford Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens)
110 Bryce Road
Sanford, New York
Heriberto Rodriguez
C-CARE (Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy)
533 County Highway 18
Mount Upton, New York
F. Robert Wesley
212 Hill Road
Ithaca, NY
Laura Jones
Cornell University
507 Cayuga Heights Road
Ithaca, NY
Hope Veltrie
1171 Josephs Blvd.
Saugerties, NY
cristian Graca
663 Cattail Rd
Livingston Manor, NY
Alyssa Burgin
Executive Director
Texas Drought Project
16306 Buena Tierra
San Antonio, TX
Mary Ann Wehrung
4831 Birge Rd
Burdett, NewYork
Jennifer Bergen
663 Cattail Rd
Livingston Manor, NY
chris knoeppel
63 broadway
hopewell junction, new york
Barnie Graca
663 Cattail Rd
Livingston Manor, NY
Harry DeLano
807 Bird Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Leslie Gold
103 Bowery
Susan Mead
Baha'i community - Ithaca
219 W. Lincoln St.
Ithaca, NY