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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

William McKnight
President & COO
Energy Conservation Specialists, LLC
188 Broadway, P.O. Box 116
Port Ewen, New York
Margaret Jefferds
6 Erie Street
Almond, NY
Norman Mintz
417 sixth street
Brooklyn, New York
Carrie Cohen
Elizabeth Sabbatini
14 Ridge Court
Old Brookville, New York
Herb Engman
Town Supervisor
Town of Ithaca
120 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY
Mark Klingensmith
PO Box 549
Alfred, NY
Mary Biscotti
89 Hiddenbrooke Drive
Beacon, New York
sarah vanouwerkerk
132 crosby st
ny, ny
Howard Neville Rolls
Member of the Board
New York Democracy Project
1381 Regent St.
Niskayuna, NY
John Rooney
8 willow pl
Richard Lacey
Oxford Visionaries
P.O. Box 683
Oxford, New York
Nancy Spero
68 North Van Dorn Road
Ithaca, NY
Edward BERRY
3840 greystone ave
bronx new york, NY
Nicholas Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Rochester Medical Center
7289 Ludlow Drive
Canandaigua, NY
Ann Finneran
Chair, Water Issues Committee
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Ken Zeserson
Concerned Citizens of Ulysses
83 Maplewood Road
Ithaca, NY
Stacey Urhammer
2510 Donna Drive
Eureka, CA
Heide Stuebel-Horowitz
820 W King Rd
Ithaca, NY
Edward Nizalowski
441 Brown Road
Berkshire, NY
Patricia A Swinton
595 Cedarwood Terrace
Rochester, New York
Steve Hoffman
503 Shaffer Rd.
Newfield, NY
Margot Brinn
600 B Hector St.
Ithaca, New York
Josephine Girardin
27 Reilly Street
West Islip, NY
Patricia Develder
Frack free genesee
6241 Marrowback rd.
Conesus, Ny
Elmer Ewing
Prof. Emeritus
Cornell College of Agr. & Life Sciences
1520 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY
Karen Fetty
205 Schneider Road
Hudson, New York
Raymond Stiefel
336 Rachel Carson Trail
Ithaca, NY
Patricia Grazini
seattle, WA
Ron Harrell
7207 173rd St. SW
Edmonds, WA
John G. Mason
Professor of Politics
William Paterson University of NJ
2218 Glasco Tpke
Woodstock, NY
Ellen Reese
49 Starin Avenue
Buffalo, NY
Clayton Smith
504 Grand St Apt B24
New York, NY
Lyn Lubliner
Board Member
White Plains, NY
Cynthia Roberts
15 Autenreith Road
New York, NY
Janet M Fischer
259 Edsall Terrace
Pearl River, New York
Thomas Artin
Artin Arts
240 Kings Hwy
Sparkill, New York
David Stout
354 Lakeside Rd
Angola, NY
Deanna Zoerb
12845 Vermont St
Holland, NY
Samuel DeChelfin
20 Lindsey Road
Warwick, ny
Alice Rosenfeld
492C Heritage Hills
Somers, New York
manuel rodriguez
1559 betts hill road
delhi, ny
Chuck Donegan
106 Empire St.
Yonkers, NY
Dorothy Caruolo
Allison Franzese
72 Campbell Avenue
Tappan, NY
tim beach
Susan Clelland
37 Bellewood Ave
Dobbs Ferry, NY
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Robert Schwartz
11 Miller Ter.
White Plains, NY
Chris OConnor
64 grand st
Croton on Hudson, NY