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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Barbara Merrill
300 S Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY
Logan Hurst
Sierra Club
405 Hattie Clark Road
Greene, New York
Elisabeth Stewart
2580 Stone Rd
McGraw, NY
Richard Franke
129 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
Lewis Ward
246 Smith Rd.
Newfield, NY
paul houndt
121navarre rd
rochester, new york
nicholas swift
13396 State Highway 28
delhi, NY - New York
Margaret McCasland
1893-A East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY
Karen Daring
Tim Maragni
514 w green
Ithaca, NY
Laurie Goodhart
Albany, NY
Richard Gridley
1400 Seymour Road
Vestal , NY
Jane Schantz
142 Indian Creek Rd
Ithaca, NY
Richard Kreznar
214 Mauer Rd.
Callicoon Center , NY
Barbara Appel
56 Lake Road
Dryden, NY
Michael Ziolkowski
1701 West River Road
Grand Island, New York
Jane Zipp
1 Woolerton Street
Delhi, New York
Shirley Rice
3467 South Hill Road
Burdett, NY
Judith A Karpova
Rochester Defense Against Fracking
213 Sundown Road
Kerhonkson, NY
Ron Patterson
1623 Main Street
Pleasant Valley, NY
Julie Stone
372 Twist Run Road
Endwell, New York
Pamela Washburn
42 Elm Street
Cooperstown, NY
George Herrick
29 Sloan Drive
Moravia, New York
Jean Giblette
59 Main Street, P.O. Box 28
Philmont, NY
Marty Hiller
128 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
R Goodhart
guilderland, New York
Jennifer Cleland
333 Spencer Rd
Ithaca, NY
Mike Connelly
151 Cypress St.
Rochester, NY
Yolanda Tovar
199 Iradell Road
Ithaca, FL
James Cella
24061 Depew Avenue
Douglaston, New York
Robert Ciesielski
63 Shoshone Street, Apt 1
Buffalo, New York
Paul Packer
49 Bell Circle
Port Jefferson, NY
Natalia Emlen
119 Eastlake Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Stanley Lisk
Concerned Citizens of Northern Broome
P.O. Box 275. 2526 Main Street
Maine, New York
Peter Cramer
13 James St
Auburn, NY
Roanna J.
East 7th Street
New York, NY
Lee Calhoun
Epstein & Calhoun
4375 Brantling Hill Rd.
Sodus, NY
James Ayers
759 Samsonville Road
Kerhonkson, NY
Joanne Mitchell
169 Black Walnut Dr.
Rochester, NY
Chris Costello
4265 State Route 21
Canandaigua, NY
Brian Caldwell
180 Walding LAne
West Danby, NY
Patricia Valek
235 Noyes Rd
Vestal, NY
Sarah White
Middlefield Neighbors
1251 state highway 166
Cooperstown, Ny
Thomas Brown
634 New Turnpike Rd.
Sherburne, NY
Janet Reohr
State Rt 34B
Union Springs, Ny
Deirdre Silverman
100 Travor Rd
Willseyville, NY
Hope Zaccagni
1435 Waterwells Rd
Alfred Station, New York
Stephanie Zerilli
49 Van Ostrand Road
Groton, New York
J S Cushman
Cameron Mills, NY