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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Vi Ransel
38 Broad St, Apt #1
Hamilton, NY
Rena Wertzer
12 Meadow Way
White Plains, NY
Eileen Weisinger
205 E 10th St 2E
Robbyn McKie-Holzworth
784 Oakridge Dr
Rochester, NY
Robert Bak
148 Couch Rd
Patterson, NY
Paul Sawyer
david cromwell burrow
Teva Ingrassia
1133 Midland Ave
Bronxville, NY
Arthur Rifkin
7 Fourth Rd
Great Neck, NY
Mark Pezzati
56 Mayer Road
Andes, NY
Cheryl Frank
Michael Beykirch
165 E. 4th St.
Corning, NY
Susan Wayne
1224 Chambers Rd
Horseheads, NY
amy miller
31 mitchell pond east
cochecton, ny
Risa Sokolsky
302 Van Ostrand Road
Newfield, NY
Erin Kerr
206 East Lewis Street
Ithaca , NY
Elaine Thiesmeyer
901 Serenity Rd
Penn Yan, NY
elizabeth whitehouse
81 E 3RD st
Laurene Mongelli-Gilbert
Kevin Furr
306 N. E. Connector
Albemarle, NC
Rose Hilbert
The Inn at Gothic Eves
112 E. Main St.
Trumansburg, NY
Wendy Wakula
377 Hunts Corners Road
Marathon, NY
Patricia Rogers
309 Horseshoe Lane
Vestal, NY
Dan Page
460 W 42nd Street
New York, NY
Anne klingensmith
41 Muzzy Rd
ithaca, NY
Marie Burns
2409 Slaterville Road
Slaterville Springs, New York
204 Hartz
POB 74 , 115 Nelson Road
Fremont Center, NY
Terry Mingle
17 Isabel Drive
Cortland, NY
Ayne Sheldon
1511 Ridge Road
Lansing, NY
Deborah Poe
Deborah M. Poe
Kent Lakes, New York
Tracy Basile
74 Revolutionary Rd
Ossining, NY
Judith Meyers Thomas
714 N. Aurora St
Ithaca, NY
Goline Doremus
Executive board member
Catskill Heritage Alliance
Kelly Road
Arkville, NY
Arthur Godin
Business Manager
Taitem Engineering
96 Woodard Road
Newfield, NY
Sharon Cody
26 East Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY
Bruce Erickson
PO Box 545
Greene, NY
Judy Freilicher
P.O. Box 93
De Ruyter, New York
Gene Polito
45 Shady Rest Drr
Sag Harbor, NY
Eric London
PO Box 913
Smallwood, NY
Megan Marks
4635 East Valley Rd.
Andover, NY
John King, Jr.
2517 Rhonda Blvd.
vestal, new York
Deirdre Weaver
694 Coddington rd
Ithaca, NY
John Owen
802 Merchants Rd
Rochester, NY
Theresa Schlobohm
95 Red Rock Rd
Hobart, New York
Ken Deschere
202 South Hill Terrace
Ithaca, NY
Caroline Arthur
114 W Lincoln St
Ithaca, NY
Susanne Adrian
192 1st Ave
New York, New York
1140-23 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE
George Zalantis
55 Medford Road
Staen Island, NY