You are here

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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Lee Bailey
Associate Professor
retired college faculty
700 Warren Rd
Ithaca, NY
David Gould
574 West End Ave #11X
New York, NY
Devin Henry
2593 E River Rd
Nichols, NY
David LoParco
2604 Carson Rd.
Cortland, New York
Marie Taylor
zoning board of appeals
Village of Aurora
405 Main St
Aurora, NY 13026
J Garson
501 W. 52 St
New York, NY
Al Benner
303 Upper Woods Road
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Kathie Arnold
LLC member
Twin Oaks Dairy LLC
3175 State Route 13
Truxton, NY
Susan Sullivan
7878 SR 52
Narrowsburg, NY
david green
dept of inspiration
114 taylor rd
morris, ny
david burke
5841 van loon rd
alpine, ny
Mary Donch
45 May Street #6A
New Rochelle, NY
Nancy Schniedewind
546 Albany Post Rd
New Paltz, NY
Pam Krimsky
419 N. Riverside Road
Highland, NY
gretchen schulz
26 oneta road
rochester, ny
Susan Multer
Robin Gardner
Registered Nurse
229 Main Apt.A
Leicester, New York
Julie Wityk
560 West 218 Street
New York, NY
Denise Speicher
Select Your Title
504 Winton Rd N
Rochester, New York
Wendy Jones
435 N. Aurora St.
Ithaca, NY
Amy Whitney
920 Snyder Hill Rd
Ithaca, NY
Tony Henderson
225 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
Lily Lewis
Sierra Club
218 Baxtertown Rd
Fishkill, NY
Sigrid Kulkowitz
MFT who witnessed the terrible effects on the communities in PA.
120 East York Street
Ithaca, NY
Julia Dalton
101 W 80th St - 5A
New York, NY
Maxine Rosenberg
10 Whiting Way
Conklin, NY
Robert Duckett
Town Line Road
Auburn, NY
Arthur Rifkin
7 Fourth Rd
Great Neck, NY
Gillian Haines-Sharp
Connie Hogarth
Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action
20 Hartsook Lane
Beacon, NY
diane cox
nevermoor farm
593 lever hill rd.
William Crum
2150 Wallace Ave 5D
the Bronx, NY
Madeleine Oakley
533 Linn St.
Ithaca, New York
Eileen Driscoll
125 Valley View
Ithaca, NY
Timothy Pokorny
51 Pioneer St
Cooperstown, NY
Duane Diviney
230 Valley Road
Ithaca, NY
Tony Martignetti
90 park terrace east
New York, NY
Holly Adams
607 Stilson Road
Hunt, NY
Carrie Chalmers
313 S. Corn St. #2
Ithaca, NY
Nancy Lipshitz
321 Oquaga Lake Road
Deposit, NY
J.C. Frieswyk
409 East Lincoln Street
Ithaca, New York
Daniel White
915 West End Ave.
, NY
Karen Glauber
117 Rock Rd
Vestal, NY
Lisa Lippitt
1 Brunner Hollow
Cooperstown, NY
Gretchen Herrmann
SUNY Cortland
433 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY
Matthew Ryan
John Given
118 Lieb Rd
S New Berlin, NY
Paul Eichten
1400 Euclid Ave.
Syracuse, NY
Gary L. Hodges
Gary Hodges Photography
920 Snyder Hill Road
Ithaca, NY