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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Elizbeth Path
25 Elm Ave
Homer, Ny
Robert Gosselink
205 Grandview Dr.
Cobleskill, New York
Marilyn Anderson
34 Nicholson St.
Rochester, NY
Claudia Levy
478 West Broadway #2A
New York, New York
James Dean
Village of Cooperstown, New York
15 Delaware Street
Cooperstown, New York
Harry Levine
Advocates for Springfield
PO Bo 25
Springfield Center, New York
Joseph Montuori
Kirk Lake Watershed Association (for identification purposes only)
75 Lakeside Rd
Mahopac, NY
Dan Taylor
Concerned Residents of Oxford
450 Basswood Road
Oxford, NY
Sharon Lawless
431 E. 12th Street Apt. 1B
New York, NY
Karen K Smith
68 Mary St.
Ithaca, NY
Eric Watkins
106 Texas Lane
Ithaca, NY
Mildred Gittinger
1197 South Country Club Drive
Niskayuna, NY
Diane bonaccorsi
580 Nelson Rd.
Ithaca, NY
James Nicoll
28 Georgetown Lane
Fairport, NY
S Tirtha
Unadilla, NY
Lisa Montanus
105 Cardinal Ct
Woodstock, NY
David Gower
279 Nye Rd.
Cortland, NY
L. Bullock
64 County Road 132
Hankins, NY
Andrew Mason
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc.
1039 Peck St.
Jefferson, NY
Marion Susie Kossack
208 Nelson Rd
Ithaca, NY
Kyllikki Inman
110 Halcyon Hill
Ithaca, NY
William Turechek
392 Hathaway Rd.
Otego, NY
Anne Lazarus
524 East 20th St. 2G
New York, New York
Mary Hammann
1485 Fifth Ave
New York, NY
Christopher Origer
SUNY Broome Community College
26 Chadwick Road
Binghamton, NY
Laurel Hodgden
112 Halcyon Hill
Ithaca, NY
A. Lindsay Groves
Acting Principal Cellist
1246 Minnow Cove
Skaneateles, NY
Tom Inman
110 Halcyon Hill
Ithaca, NY
Rita Bergen
West End Avenue
New York, NY
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co founder
Honeoye Frackabouts
4690 White Road
Livonia, NY
Donald Coleman
4690 White Road
Livonia, NY
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1041 Comfort
Danby, NY
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115 west rosad
groton, ny
Lauren Shaw
323 W Washington Ave
Elmira, NY
Victoria Furio
37 Highland Ave
Yonkers, NY
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377 Skipperene Road
Narrowsburg, New York
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Earl Hicks
145 East Miller Road
Ithaca, New York (NY)
Mark Karlsen
332 Aiken Rd
Trumansburg, NY
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30 Marsh Rd
Ithaca, NY
Diane Deutsch
3995 State Rt 52
Youngsville, NY
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85 Mountaintop Lane
Deposit, NY
Margaret Keating
3970 County Rd. 2
Hector, New York (NY)
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1010 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY
Roberta Wallitt
520 Coddington Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Karl Klein
Associate Professor
Onondaga Community College
4648 N Tower Rd.
Cincinatus, NY
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33 Rotary Avenue
Binghamton, NY
Chris Saia
12 McGuinness Blvd. S.
Brooklyn,, New York
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PO Box 83. 215 Speed Hill Rd
Brooktondale, NY
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759 ivory foster rd
owego, NY