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Coalition Letter Which Requests That Governor Cuomo Prohibit the Use of Gelled Propane, LPG and All Other "'Environmentally Friendly' or 'Green' Alternatives" Shale Fracking Methods Pending SEQR Review

We, the undersigned, respectfully write to request that you immediately require your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to prohibit the use of "gelled propane," Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and all other so-called "'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives" hydraulic fracturing methods that have never been the subject of an Environmental Impact Analysis conducted pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR).

The use of propane, LPG and other hydraulic fracturing methods that do not involve water is referenced, but not comprehensively analyzed, in Section 9.3 of the Final SGEIS (Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement): “'Green' or Non-Chemical Fracturing Technologies and Additives."


DEC concluded in its Final SGEIS:

"It is important to note that use of 'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives may reduce, but not entirely eliminate, adverse environmental impacts."

DEC's Final SGEIS Findings Statement specifically rejects the use of an "environmentally-friendly chemical approach" for the same reasons that water-based high-volume hydraulic fracturing has been prohibited on a statewide basis:

"Based on unavoidable adverse environmental impacts and uncertainty regarding the science surrounding high-volume hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts to public health and the environment, the Department finds that the best course of action is to select the No Action alternative. Selection of the No Action alternative means that the Department will not establish a high-volume hydraulic fracturing permitting program; that no individual or site-specific permit applications for wells using high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be processed; and that high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited in New York State (emphasis added).

The Department rejects the other available alternatives (the 'phased-permitting approach,' the 'environmentally-friendly chemical approach (emphasis added),' and the 'Special Places' alternative) because they all fail to limit unavoidable adverse environmental impacts and fail to address the risks and uncertainties of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (emphasis added)."

Nevertheless, DEC inexplicably failed to include gelled propane, LPG and all other "'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives" within the definition of high-volume hydraulic fracturing adopted by the Final SGEIS Findings Statement.

DEC's high-volume hydraulic fracturing definition is limited only to "300,000 gallons or more of water:"

"1 High-volume hydraulic fracturing is defined as the stimulation of a well using 300,000 or more gallons of water (emphasis added) as the base fluid for hydraulic fracturing for all stages in a well completion, regardless of whether the well is vertical or directional, including horizontal. The 300,000-gallon threshold is the sum of all water (emphasis added), fresh and recycled, used for all stages in a well completion. Well stimulation requiring less than 300,000 gallons of water (emphasis added) as the base fluid for hydraulic fracturing for all stages in a well completion is not considered high-volume, and will continue to be reviewed and permitted pursuant to the 1992 GEIS, and 1992 and 1993 Findings Statements."


We request that you immediately require your DEC to prohibit the use of gelled propane, LPG and all other "'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives" hydraulic fracturing methods that have never been the subject of an environmental impact analysis conducted pursuant to SEQR.

In addition, we request that New York adopt a high-volume hydraulic fracturing prohibition definition that includes all available "'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives" for the same reasons that high-volume hydraulic fracturing using water has been barred on a statewide basis.

Finally, unless and until gelled propane, LPG and all other available "'environmentally friendly' or 'green' alternatives" non-water fracking methods are the subject of an environmental impact analysis conducted pursuant to SEQR, we request that their use not be permitted in New York either for conventional vertical gas or oil extraction wells or horizontal wells involving high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

We trust that you will find our request self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions that we might be able to address.

Thank you for your consideration.

Always respectfully,

Total Signatory Count: 968

Diane MacInnes
Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens
739 Oquaga Lake Road
Deposit, New York
Lola Basos
5 Riverside Drive, Apt. 1111
Binghamton, New York
Dawn Noble
40 Linn Ave
Auburn , NY
Gay Nicholson
Sustainable Tompkins
309 N Aurora
Ithaca, NY
Patricia Goldsmith
205 Schneider Road
Hudson, NY
Bonnie Logan
3199 Grenell Road
Middle Grove, NY
Nancy Lipshitz
321 Oquaga Lake Road
Deposit, NY
Patti Duquette
Smith Pond Rd
Avoca, NY
Max Schmid
46-07 28th Ave
Astoia, NY
Taffy Williams
191 Westchester Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY
Julie Wityk
560 West 218 Street
New York, NY
Toby Stover
Founding Member
Rochester Defense Against Fracking
81 Clove Valley Road
High Falls, NY
Conrad Istock
41 Horizon Dr.
Ithaca, NY
Linda Christensen
Blue Quarry Designs
9284 Route 89
Trumansburg, NY
Susan Kendrick
1228 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca, NY
Carol O'Brien
8415 Garlinghouse Rd
Naples, NY
Judith A Cartisano
7 Raymond Street
Rochester, NY
Megan Gregory
380 The Parkway
Ithaca, NY
Karl Klein
4648 N Tower Rd.
Cincinnatus, NY
David Kalb
171 Groton Rd
Freeville, NY
Elaine Hardman
Riverside Drive
Wellsville, New York
Gerri Wiley
Residents Allied for the Future of TIoga
19 Lake St.
Owego, New York
Diane P Gardner
1038 County Road 30
Afton, New York
Jill Marie
Independent Strategies
959 Comfort Road
Spencer, New York
David Gould
574 West End Ave
New York, NY
Jess Youngquest
Mill St
Lodi, NY
Gary Hodges
920 Snyder Hill Rd.
Ithaca, My
Michael O'Brien
400 West 23 St
New York, New York
Bill Ferullo
4834 Leraysville Rd.
warren center, PA
Arthur Rifkin
7 Fourth Rd.
Great Neck, ny
Adrianna Hirtler
319 Center St
Ithaca, NY
Shelley Blackler
1005 Giles Street
Ithaca, New York
Joseph Flynn
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
42 High St.
Alfred, N Y
Mary Graham
4021 McIntyre Rd
Trumansburg, NY
Ruth Kahn
8315 Rte 227
Trumansburg, New York
Daniel Belliveau
95 Lafayette Ave
Geneva, New York
Nicholas Cohen
Prof. Emeritus of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Rochester Medical Center
7289 Ludlow Drive
Canandaigua, NY
Anthony Straka
26 Honey Lane
Wappingers Falls, NY
Frankie DeMarco
241 Sixth Ave., #11C
New York, NY
Chris Stoscheck
141 Albee Hill Road
Van Etten, NY
Denise Evans
344 Big Island Rd
Florida, NY
Harold Koster
7604 NY RT 79
Whitney Point, NY
betsy bonsignore
815 sturdevant road
gillett, Pennsylvania
Joseph Romano
701 West Buffalo St.
Ithaca, NEW YORK
Wes Ernsberger
19 Lake St.
Owego, New York
Bruce Erickson
1657 County Rd. 9
Greene, NY
Martha Stettinius
109 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
Gloria Sage
1217 Jamesville Avenue
Syracuse, NY2753
Carol Bartlett
284 Martin Hill Rd
Harpursville, NY
Elaine Shuster
61 Stewart Ave - Unit 311
Newburgh, NY