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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Suzanne Otis
258 Woodstock road
Millbrook, NY
Eugene Marner
Franklin Local, Ltd.
1245 Oak Hill Road
Franklin, NY
elaine jurumbo
205 e 78 st apt 6s
new york, ny
lisa walters
711 king hill rd
newark valley, new york
B. Beth Cohen
1309 N.Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY
Ezra Sherman
308 Beckhorn Hollow Road
Van Etten, NY
Alice Bartholomew
415 Wall Street
Elmira, NY
Wiliiam Barnet
40 Genung Circle
Ithaca, New York
Malcolm Campbell
News & Letters
221 Dubois Rd.
Ithaca, NY
m robbins
17 joseph ave
rosen, n.y.
Roger Hecht
59 Bald Hill Rd
Spencer, NY
John McClelland
139 School St..
Elmira Area, NY
Wes Ernsberger
not employed
19 Lake St.
Owego, New York
Daniel McCormack
13 Beehive Rd.
Accord, New York
Katherine Burns
Shaleshock CNY
5115 Otisco Rd.
Tully, NY
Louise Henrie
417 Second Street
Ithaca, NY
Nancy Brienza
1697 St Rte 220
McDonough, NY
Elisa Evett
298 Bald Hill Rd.
Brooktondale, New York
1959 Hawleyton Road
Town of Binghamton, NY
Elsa Leviseur
122 Union Street
Hudson, NY
Mitchell Lavine
719 Ringwood rd
Ithaca, NY
John Stiles
Sole Proprietor
6768 Miller Rd.
Newark, New York
Jay G. Williams
Hamilton College
Clinton, N.Y.
Steven Foster
3906 Chatham lane
Canandaigua, N y
Len and Judy Bjorkman
Residents Against Fracking Tioga
681 Ivory Foster Rd
Owego, NY
Tom Blecher
313 Utica Street
Ithaca , NY
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Strategic Marketing Associates
403 Highgate Road
Ithaca, NY
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264 Bowery
NYC , Ny
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8 Deer Run
Skaneateles , NY
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255 West 95 St., #1A
New York, New York
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72 truesdale drive
croton on hudson, New York
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474 Snyder Hill Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Catherine Fallon
69 Brook St.
Geneva, New York
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894 County Rd. 94
Hankins, NY
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newfield, NY
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Spencer, NY
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Albany, NY
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Endicott, NY
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Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott, NY
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Binghamton, NY
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Board President
Otsego 2000, Inc.
PO Box 101
Springfekd Center, New York
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377 Westchester Ave. 2-J
Port Chester, NY1098
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Concerned Citizens of Rural Broome
101 South Street
Chenango Forks, New York
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Ithaca, NY
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6 Spring St.
Gilbertsville, NY
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Odessa, New York
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Freeville, NY 13068
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Ithaca, NY
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Brooklyn, NY