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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

walter mccormick
200 Church Street
white plains, ny
Amber daSilva
179 Union Ave
Tarrytown, NY
Dave Barron
179 Union Ave
Tarrytown, NY
virginia Lee
146 Randall Ave
Norwich, NY
Bonnie Pecka
57 South Chenango Street
Greene, New York
Douglas Vitarius
Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens
2452 Old Route 17
Windsor, New York
leonard piorkowski
75 Faulkner rd
hancock, NY
James Andrews
michael Forster Rothbart
34 spruce st
Oneonta, NY
Alice Zinnes
457 15th Street, #5D
Brooklyn, NY
Richard Ferro
NYS S. Tier Chapter Father's for Children
89 S. Chenango St.
Greene, NY
Angelica Palmer
PO Box 112
Hartwick, NY
Naomi Teppich
545 Galilee Rd.
Damascus, PA
Brenda Lahm
22841 N 27th St
Ceresco, NE
Victoria Lesser
869 N Branch Road
North Branch, NY
A Hunt
4021 Italy Hill Rd.
Branchport, NY
Peter Swiderski
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
55 Jefferson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Thelonious Johnson
112 Dyker Rd.
North Branch, NY
Marc Switko
P.O. Box 1
North Branch, NY
Susan Leifer
33 Iroquois Rd
Pleasantville, NY
Eric BAylin
Henrietta Wise
Olive Defense Against Fracking
208 Krumville Road
Olivebridge, New York
Susan graci Moran
POB 184
Woodstock, NY
Jeffrey Reynolds
PO Box 411
Waterville, NY
Jennifer Lahey
1 Orchard Drive
South Salem, NY
Susan Lahey
2444 Salt Point Tpke
Clinton Corners, NY
Woody Lahey
2444 Salt Point Tpke
Clinton Corners, NY
Lisa Lahey
2444 Salt Point Tpke
Clinton Corners, NY
Maggie Fitzpatrick
33 Chapel Street
Sherburne, NY 13460
Martha Mayer
1372 N Almond Valley Rd
Arkport, NY
Carol De Angelo
ROAR (Religious Organizations Along the River) member
535 Ashford Avenue
Ardsley, New York
Kim Jastremski
Middlefield Neighbors
316 Cty Hwy 52
Cooperstown, NY
George Hovis
316 Cty Hwy 52
Cooperstown, NY
Cynthia Thomas
West Shokan, New York
Ronald Bayzon
The Mercantile Greenhouse
235 Dropp Road
Richfield Springs, New York
Matthew Hogan
115 East 1st St
Corning, NY
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P.O. Box 101
Springfield Center, New York
linda smith
Don Pachner
19 Rock Hill Rd
Bedford, NY
David Hutchison
Andrea Mooney
301 S. Geneva St.
Ithaca, New York
Susan Bishop
24 Church Street
Deposit, NY
Stacie Edick
BAN fracking NOW!
PO Box 512
Norwich, NY
Stacy Binkerd
392 Locke Rd.
Groton, NY
Stephen Crawford
49 Weber Lane
Olivebridge, NY
Hugh MacDougall
board member
Otsego 2000
8 Lake Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Larry BEnnett
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656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY
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89 Kent St.
Windsor, NY
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300 E. 40th Street Apt. 10G