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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

edmund haffmans
425 Co. Rt. 2
Accord, NY
Thomas McGlinchey
Job Title:
255-22 61st Avenue
Little Neck, New York
Thomas Lawrence Toscano
409 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Dan Page
460 W 42nd Street Apt 53C
New York, NY
Donna Mummery
67 Village Trail
Honeoye Falls, New York
Vicky Southall
5611 Godfreys Pond Rd
Bergen, NY
Candice Dunn
Nancy Beers
4542 Clark Rd.
Campbell, NY
Thomas Shelley
Chair, Board of Directors
Sustainable Tompkins
118 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY
Claire Delavigne
26 Prospect St.
Bethel, CT
Richard Entlich
Ithaca, NY
Dene Karaus
Board Member
Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association
P. O. Box 32
Wayne, NY 14893
Elaine Livingston
1403 Glenwood Rd
Vestal, NY
Lainie Cooke
57 West 75th Street
New York, New York
Charley Tarr
347 Bird Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Carey Harben
5885 rt 79
Trumansburg, Ny
John Cisne
Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University
27 N. Landon Road
Ithaca, NY
Carol O'Brien
8415 Garlinghouse Rd
Naples, NY
Harvey Kaiser
Musical Director
KC Four & More
50 Mohonk Rd
High Falls , NY
Marion J Karl
Middlefield Neighbors
24 Mill Street
Cooperstown, NY
Randolph Hurst
83 Post Road
Slate Hill, NY
Amy Peters
45 Harwood Drive East
Glen Cove, NY
George Koury
Education Coordinator
Olive Defense Against Fracking
8 Sahler Mill Road
Olivebridge, New York
Rudy Hunter
Olive Defense Against Fracking
8 Sahler Mill Road
Olivebridge, New York
Patricia Taylor
17 Amber Court
Poughkeepsie, New York
Elizabeth Nields
429 Chicken Farm Road
Otego, NY
Leslie Allee
14 Dug Rd
Lansing, NY
Cary Fassler
Amboy, 13493, N.Y.
Judy Lubow
106 Granada Court
Longmont, CO
Pam Fleming
237 Waverly Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Frank A Caputo
264 East Lake Rd., PO Box 398
DeRuyter, NY 13052-0398
Cody Ann Cook
435 Etna Road
Ithaca, NY
Earl Walker
Working Families Party State Committee member / Citizen Action Southern Tier Board member
35 Chestnut Street
Binghamton, NY
Lisa Valiente
237 Picardy Lane
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Stacia Norman
134 broad st
Morris, NY
Ed Armas
4130 Ithaca St
Elmhurst, NY
Mildred Sanders
Professor of Government
16 The Byway
Ithaca, NY
Felicia Murray
131 East 19th Street
New York, NY
Chris Weingarten
94-11 69th ave
Forest hills, Ny
margaret maugenest
280 nevins street
brooklyn, new york
Cynthia Chase
Cornell University
909 Wyckoff Rd
Ithaca, , NY 14850
Bruce MacDuffie
173 Manwarren Rd.
Oxford, New York
Carola Soltau
522 Washington St
Hudson , NY
John Kelsey
218 Broad St
Oneida, NY
Roy Bartoo
103 Woodview Lane
Morris, New York
Corinne Frantz
1 Strawberry Lane
Ithaca, NY
Russell Dusenberry
134 Westhaven Road
Ithaca, NY
Sueane Hemmer Goodreau
633 Ringwood Road
Ithaca, NY
david lubell
1074 smith rd
worcester, New York
Miriam Greenberger
205 east 77th strret #4d
New York, New York