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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

john lord
861 Drewville Road
Brewster, New York
Peter Marcus
2 Augustine Avenue
Ardsley, NY
Jay Blackman
1566 Gary St.
East Meadow, NY
Mary Ann Moller
Sierra Club (Greater Hudson Valley)
35 Summit Avenue, #2H
Port Chester, New York
Michael Sarver
34 Scenic Circle
Croton on Hudson, NY
K Stokem
1001 Maple Hill Road
Castleton on Hudson, NY
E.F. Fudala
1697 School St
Alpine, NY
Eloise Linger
CCL and others
68 Caldwell Street
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Trout Trout
An Herbalife Member Belongs To A Giant Group
Hans-Grade-Allee 35
Bad Segeberg, SH
Abigail Czapsky
884 West End Ave #4
New York, NY
Rhonda S Pomerantz
5 Wayne Avenue
New City, NY
Joe Fassler
167 Madison St.
Brooklyn, NY
Elaine Perkus
1617 State Route 12
Delora Specker
9 East Miller Rd.
Ithaca , NY
Robert Walpole
Romulus, NY
Katharine Kelly
Retired Teacher
116 W. Yates Street
Ithaca, NY
Frank Gage
WNY Drilling Defense
87 Erb St.
Buffalo, New York
karen fedczuk
209 Leroy St.
Binghamton, New York
Patricia DeBruhl
56 Little york Rd
Warwick, NY
Audrey David
Sierra Club
10 Stewart Place, #9GW
White Plains, NY
Angie Russell
6637 snake road
Newark, New York
Patrick Poirier
P.O. Box 690
Newark, New York
Frances Costello
7803 Gill Rd.
Gasport, NY
Patrick Hewes
12 Lee Place
Bronxville, NY
Ellen Knopf
77 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
Tim Wu
420 W 25th St
New York, NY
Helen Bielicki
8782 Ridge Rd
Gasport, NY
Kathleen Lilley
111 Lake St.
Ithaca, NY
Sharon Epperson
4039 48th Street, Apt. C8
Sunnyside, NY
Lynne Berg
110 Cottage Street
Buffalo, NY
Joseph Holdner
Sierra Club, 350,MoveOn,
443 2nd Street Apt. 3R
Brooklyn, New York
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1952 Glenwood road
vestal, New York
Alicia Alexander
136 Hunt Hill Road
Ithaca, New York
Steven Tuttle
2697 Smith Rd.
Hamilton, NY
Charity Atwood
8700 Ridge Rd
Hammondsport, New York
Dianne Sefcik
194 Clickman Rd
Westerlo, NY
Jo Grieve
692 Oliver Road
Meshoppen, Pa
Edward A. Ehinger
1117 Lake Como Road
Cortland, NY 13045
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cenie cafarelli
56 , Rand Place
Pittsford, NY
Valerie Carlisle
83 Mountain Road
Pleasant Valley, NY
Gail Musante
S-OACC ( Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens)
199 Front Street
Deposit, NY
Anne F. Kriz
Social Justice and Outreach Committee, church of the Assumption, Fairport NY
5886 Allen Padgham Rd
Farmington, NY
Peter Coleman
58 Shadyside Avenue
Staten Island, New York
Star Hesse
7698 State Route 52
Narrowsburg, New York
Sherry Svec
31 Hanford Street
Middletown, NY
Fred Wilcox
212 Second
Ithaca, New York
John Berg
110 Cottage Street
Buffalo, NY
James Little
Western Broome Environmental Stakeholder Coalition
522 Winston Drive
Endwell , New York
Joan Sichterman
PO Box 870
Goshen, NY - New York