You are here

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

Stacy Binkerd
392 Locke Rd.
Groton, NY
Heather DaSilva
200 Church st
White Plains, New York
Dan Page
200 Central Park South
New York, NY
Susan Ruff
6 Kolb Road
Binghamton , NY9929
Phyllis Edwards
45 Eggleston Rd
Whitney Point, NY
Elizabeth Sanders
Professor of Government
Cornell University
16 The Byway
Ithaca, NY
Karen Chimento
ClearView Psychotherapy Associates
202 The Commons #412
Ithaca, New York
Larysa Dyrszka
PO Box 355, 124 Chapin Trail
White Lake, NY
Jo Clayson
Stephen Engleman
125 Valley View Rd
Ithaca, NY
Edward Mitchell
Sole Proprietor
Bronx River Bicycle Works
27 Mount Vernon Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York
Aubrey Clark
Board member/officer
VeRSE, Hoyt Foundation, cooperative Gallery 213
774 Bunn Hill Road
Vestal, New York 13850
Anna Engdahl
894 County Rd 94
Hankins, New York
Stephen Capizzi
Far Rider Farm
Far Rider Farm 387 Oak Hill rd
Afton, NY
Ann E Stickel
69315 County Road 384
South Haven, MI
Marian Ronan
385 Argyle Rd. 1-D
Brooklyn, NY
Roque Ristorucci
100 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, New York
Mary Zebell
912 N. Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY
Frank Barry
219 East Lansing Road
Groton, NY
Carl Klein
156 Indian Church Rd
Buffalo, New York
joel chaffee
12 putnam ave
brooklyn, ny
Rebecca Smith
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
138 Watts Street
New York, NY
William Barnett
40 Genung Circle
Ithaca, New York
Tom Blecher
313 Utica Street
Ithaca, New York
Neil Freson
26 Bitternell Lane
Henrietta, NY
Robert H. Boyle
428 Briar Hill Road
Cooperstown, NY
Clyde Duane Zaloudek
431 East 12 Street 1B
New York, NY
Molly Hauck
4004 Dresden St.
Kensington, MD
Robyn Bem
3 Ringwood Court West
Ithaca, NY
Melne Thomas
112 Crystal Beach Blvd
Moriches, NY
Ilse Funk
238 Mill Rd
Cherry Valley, New York
Kristina Fedorov
6920 State Hwy.7
Maryland, NY
Renee Baum
PO Box 164
Brooktondale, New York
Camille Doucet
30 Marsh Rd
Ithacsa, NY
Jon Nedbor
496 Towpath
High Falls, NY
Claudia Reese
3 Pheasant Lane
Ithaca, NY
Ingrid Guiter
OTEGO, New York
Justin Ehrlich
142 Giles St
Ithaca, NY
Jeannette Polowski
62 Crown Hill Road
Wappingers Falls, NY
Gerrit Crouse
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
38 4th Avenue, Apt 2-N
Nyack, NY
Amanda Byrnes
127 Co. Hwy. 5
Otego, NY
Rachel Marco-Havens
Events Committee Chair
P.O. Box 242
Woodstock, NY
Phyllis Hoenig
191 Bullet Hole Rd
Mahopac, NY
Gloria Betlem
6414 S Lima Rd
Livonia, NY
April Rando
249 Lorraine Ave
Syracuse, N.Y.
Amy Murry
Earth Guardians Fruita, Colorado
1449 Leo Ave
Fruita, CO
Deena Rambaum
161 Gray Rd
Ithaca, NY
Elaine Thiesmeyer
901 Serenity Rd
Penn Yan, NY
George Zalantis
55 Medford Road
Staten Island, ny
John Coleman
75 Turkey Hill Road
Ithaca, NY