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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Heidi Stanton
Arts Instructor
ARC Otsego/ Main View Gallery
PO Box 366
Morris , NY
Melissa Stephenson
77 Peruville Road
Lansing, NY
Paul Geller
304 Mulberry St. 5H
New York, New York
Reverend Ellen Sokolow
280 Case Hill Road
Treadwell, NY, 13846
Libby Foust
5645 Bower Road
Trumansburg, NY
Dani Glaser
14 Westminster Drive
Croton on Hudson, NY
Ross Carstens
6 Mountain Peak Road
Chappaqua, New York
Anna Giordano
108 Lord Kitchener Rd
New Rochelle, NY
Margaret Sikora
Director Justice Peace Integrity of Creation Office
41 Old Highland Tpke
Garrison, Select a state
natalie jeremijenko
Environmental Health Clinic NYU
Sara HEss
124 Westfield Drive
Ithaca, NY
Allegra Schecter
ROAR Against Fracking
211 Adair Rd
Cherry Valley, New York
Bethany Yarrow
256 West FUlton Road
West Fulton, NY
Stephanie Low
Chair, Chapter Task Force on TPP
Sierra Club
1215 Fifth Ave
NY, New York (NY)
Elizabeth Wolff
5 Canaan Rd
Brooktondale, NY
Lisa Oldendorp
Regional Organizer of Long Island, NY and Chicago, IL
81 Linden Street
Massapequa, New York
jon devries
95 reade st
new york, new york
Barbara Vinson
Former New Yorker---no organization
POB 223
Winton, MN
Pat Dubin
Caroline, New York
Ellen Osuna
73-63 260th St
Glen Oaks, NY
Pat Goff
Volunteer Director
LSA Family Health Service
333 East 115th St.
New York, NY
alice slater
abolition 2000 ny
446 e 86 st
ny, ny
Beverley Birks
1215 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Sharon Goldstein
71 E 4th St,
nyc, NY
Mary Sarah Dolan
Franciascan Ssiters of the Atonement
240 E83rd St #11D
New York, New York
Gary Nickerson
gwntec, In.
95 Park Ter E Apt 3c
New York, New York
1162 CO RD 38
I Peress
110 Carter Creek Road
Newfield, NY
Bruce Rosen
600 West End Avenue apt. 1A1
New York, NY
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710 West 173rd ST, #28
New York, NY
steve hopkins
sierra club
6 peck ave #62b
rye, ny
Sheila Kolodny
98 Riverside Dr.
New York, NY
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238 West 22nd St
New York, NY
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New York, NY
Margery Schab
530 East 90th Street, Apt 2G
New York, NY
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61 High Street
Mount Kisco, NY
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New York, New York
Jim Morgan
Brooklyn Friends Meeting
185 Avenue C
Sister Virginia Wilkinson
Justice Promoter for the congregation
Sisters of the Presentation of the blessed Virgin Mary
84 Presentation Way
New Windsor, NY
jennifer senko
2 king st
new york, new york
Christopher Tate
Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative, Inc.
Trumansburg, NY
patsy smith
975 County Road 10A
Norwich, New York
Patricia A. Chernoff
Morningside Quaker Meeting
771 West End Ave. apt. 10K
New York, New York
Kevin Gerard
Studio Gerard Landscape Architecture
18 Park Place
Brooklyn, NY
Theresa Clarizio
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement
41 Old Highland Turnpike
Garrison, NY
Sheila Geist
United for Action
Dave Robinson
98 2nd Place #3R
Brooklyn, NY
Michaelene Devine
Carmelite Sisters
89 Hiddenbrooke Dr
Beacon, NY
Lars Peterson