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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

H Ellis Griffin
Sierra Club
650 Depot Hill Rd.
Poughquag, NY
Elizabeth Belden Handler
505 E. Seneca Tpke.
Syracuse, NY
Jack Ossont
Coalition to Protect NY
3900 Dundee-Himrod Rd
Himrod, NY
Cheryl Kind6
Prospect Ave
Binghamton, NY
Martin Myers
761 adirondack rd
Schroon Lake , New York
Jo Clayson
842 Phillip Road
Fort Plain, New York
Therese Wilson
P.O.Box 113
Aurora, NY
David Kalb
171 Groton Rd
Freeville, NY
Emily Votruba
The Eleberta Alert
905 Washington Avenue
Elberta, MI
Wendy Wakula
named ifunests
377 Hunts Corners Road
Marathon, NY
Susan Titus
250 Culver Road
Ithaca, New York
William Herbert
Church of Shambhala
513 Plattekill-Ardoina Rd.
Wallkill, NY
Beth Paris
215 north Cayuga st.
Ithaca , NY
Nancy Garver
106 Sheridan Park
Geneva, NY
Jim Rundle
103 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY
Jonathan Titus
15 Maple Ave.
Fredonia, NY
Jack McGory
14 Whip-poor-will Ln
Brooktondale, NY
Bonnie Logan
3199 Grenell Road
Middle Grove, NY
Denise Carson
4178 Route 9G PO Box 86
Germantown, NY
Kay Benford
4029 Buck Hill Rd S
Trumansburg, NY
Margo Alexander
5585 Searsburg Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Diana and Joe Whiting
33 Griffin St.
Skaneateles, New York
Nancy Hutto
10052 416th Ave. SE
North Bend, WA
Jeffrey Kittay
152 homestead trail, box 12
White Lake, NY
Michael Lloyd
275 Mason Road
Waterville, NY
Judy A Smith
400 County Road 31
Norwich, New York
Patrick Heaton
600 Oakwood Street
Fayetteville, NY
Sharon Osika-Michales
4411 Vinegar Hill Rd.
Skaneateles, NY
Amy Trompetter
Citizens for Local Power
413 Main St
Rosendale, NY
christine osgood
1962 Hawleyton Rd
Binghamton, NY
Dennis Turechek
392 Hathaway Road
Otego, New York
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kerry madigan
1219 route 83
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Franklin Local
1245 Oak Hill Road
Franklin, NY
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600 Oakwood Street
Fayetteville, NY
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2001 S Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY
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Biomedical Research Scientist
162 Mason Road
Vestal, New York
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Registered Nurse
162 Mason Road
Vestal, New York
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216 6th St.
Liverpool, New York
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406 E. 80 St.
New York, NY
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7161 CR 12
Naples, NY
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69 Old Tavern Rd
Weston, VT
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PO Box 2138
Bridgehampton, New York
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112 highmount
nyack, ny
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P. O. Box 31
Roseboom, NY
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313 Pleasant St.
Ithaca, NY
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7161 CR 12
Naples, NY
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55 Beaver Street
Cooperstown, New York