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be inappropriate to make a decision to permit shale fracking in New York based on a Draft SGEIS that is too old and outdated to fulfill that purpose.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

Cynthia Stevens
226 Valley Road
Ithaca, New York
kay kin
Vienna Planning Board
1134 stonebarn rd
cleveland, ny
Diane Campbell
900 Powderhouse Rd
Binghamton, New York
Cal Mendelsohn
80 Prospect Avenue
Nanuet, NY
Aimee Arceo
77 Cheshire Lane
East Amherst, NY
Kay Thomas
4979 County Road 26
Dundee, NY
Martin Heresniak
79 Hudson Heights
Ithaca, NY
Thomas Mitchell
New York State Wine grape Growers
10121 Hyatt Hill Road
Dundee, New York
Peter sayet
301 s geneva st
ithaca, ny
Steve Ellsworth
Hammerle Hill Hops
850 Hammerle Rd.
Oxford, New York
Rebecca Casstevens
22 Winding Way
Binghamton, New York
Joan Martorano
9 Wodell Street
Beacon, NY
mary stetz
pob 178
locke, ny
sarah thomson
823 van ostrand rd
groton, ny
M. Denise Corcoran
1959 Hawleyton Rd
Binghamton, NY
William Elsey
107 Bartlett Road
Cooperstown, NY
susan wiser
119 woodard road
newfield, New York
ann jamison
ocdc 12th ward (syracuse) chair
shaleshock & onondaga county democratic committee
411 wolcott ave
syracuse, ny
Maria Luisa Tasayco
City College of New York
116 Pinehurst Ave H43
New York, NY
Franz Sugarman
7221 Halseyville Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Dennis Cook
8132 Creekview Drive
Bridgeport, NY
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WVKR radio
152 bloomer
lagrangeville, NY
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P.O. Box 113
Smithville Flats, New York
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282 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY
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5217 Hook
Jamesville , NY
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Jim Semp
302 E. King Rd.
Ithaca, NY
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Dryden Town Board Member
719 Ringwood Rd
Ithaca, NY
Gail Christmann
17 Hilo Lane
New Paltz, NY
Robert Lidsky
622 Ridge Rd
Andes, New York
Michelle Sutton
499 State Route 299 Lot 33
Highland, New York
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19 Shotwell Rd
Woodstock, NY
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New Paltz, NY
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Program VP
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Pulteney, NY
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191 Bullet Hole Rd
Mahopac, NY
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retired FNP
po box 187
newark valley, NY
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Astoria, NY
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116 Utica St.
Ithaca, NY New York
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Victor, NY
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2250 N. Triphammer Rd.
Ithaca, NY
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167 Crescent Pl
Ithaca, NY
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11 Water Street
Homer, NY
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2793 Rickard Road
Skaneateles, NY
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445 Smith-Kingsman Rd.
McDonough, New York
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8780 RT6
Troy, PA
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344 Big Island Rd
Florida, NY
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680 W 204 ST 6F
New York, NY
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141 Westhaven Rd.
Ithaca, NY
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Lansing, MI