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Letter to Governor Cuomo on Fracking

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

June 20, 2012

Dear Governor Cuomo: 

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are writing to express our opposition to the plan that was leaked to The New York Times last week, which would establish a demonstration program for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in parts of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga counties. It is inconsistent with your Administration’s position to allow fracking only if it could be done safely in a way that protects public health and the environment.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation remains in the midst of an on-going environmental review process, and any decision as to whether or not to frack anywhere in New

York State should not be made before the impacts to our health, environment and economy have been comprehensively and properly assessed. 

The current version of the revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement lacks a complete evaluation of the negative socioeconomic impacts that would affect the quality of life and resources of any community in which fracking might occur. Numerous serious scientific concerns that have been raised in thousands of comments submitted by our groups and others remain unanswered as yet by the DEC. Nor has the state committed, to date, to commissioning an independent health impact assessment that will evaluate the full range of potential health impacts and identify particularly vulnerable populations (although we know your staff is now considering such a request). Until we have a complete and independent study of the impacts to public health and the environment and the costs to our communities, the state will simply not be in a position to make a decision as to whether fracking should be permitted in New York. 

We are also deeply concerned that this plan represents merely a starting point, e.g., a “ramp up period,” for what could become a widespread fracking program throughout the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in much of the state. 

We are further in agreement that New York has the opportunity to both revitalize the statewide economy and meet its energy needs through the development of clean, sustainable energy sources, including solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Our focus now should be on maximizing New York’s potential to become a national - and international - leader through establishment of a vibrant renewable energy policy. 

Respectfully yours,

Advocates for Cherry Valley, Inc.

Advocates for Morris

Advocates of Springfield

Alec Baldwin

American Academy of Pediatrics, District II, NYS

Andes Works!

Beacon Climate Action

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Brooklyn Food Coalition

Brooklyn For Peace

Broome County Medical Society

Butternut Valley Alliance

Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy

Catskill Mountainkeeper

Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies

Environmental Justice Committee at SUNY

Cortland

Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Chefs for the Marcellus

Chenango Community Action for

Renewable Energy (C-CARE)

Citizen Action New York

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens' Environmental Coalition

City of Binghamton Against Fracking

Clean and Healthy New York

Coalition for OneVoice

Concerned Worcester Citizens – NY

CREDO Action

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

Debra Winger

Delaware Riverkeeper

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

Democracy for America

Earth Day New York

Earthjustice

Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability

Project

Environment New York

Environmental Advocates of New York

Food and Water Watch

Frack Action

Frack Free Catskills

Friends of Butternuts

Friends of the Earth

Gas Free Seneca

Gasland & NYSAFE

GDACC (Gas Drilling Awareness for

Cortland County)

Gloria Steinem

Grassroots Environmental Education

Gray Panthers, NYC Network

Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

GROTON RESOURCE AWARENESS

COALITION

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

John Medeski

Jon Bowermaster

Jonathan Demme

Kirkland Committee to Prohibit

Hydrofracking

Korean Americans for Political

Advancement (KAPA)

Krishna Das

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Mark Ruffalo

Michelle Williams

Milford Doers

Natalie Merchant

Natural Resources Defense Council

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

New Lisbon Neighbors

New York State Breast Cancer Network

NO Gas Pipeline

Northeast Organic Farming Association of

New York

NYH20

NYPIRG

NYRAD (New York Residents Against

Drilling)

Otsego 2000, Inc.

Otsego County Medical Society

Park Slope Food Coop

Patti LaPone

Patti Smith

Plymouth Friends of Clean Water

Protect Pittsfield

R-CAUSE, Rochesterians Concerned about

Unsafe Shale-gas Extractions

Residents of Crumhorn

Riverkeeper

Sane Energy Project

Scarlet Johansson

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Slow Food NYC

Sludge Stoppers Task Force

Space Camp Radio

Students for Food Sustainability

Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible

Energy Development

Syracuse Peace Council

The Baum Forum

The Village of Cooperstown NY

Three Parks Independent Democrats

Timothy Hutton

Tompkins County Medical Society

Unadilla Friends and Neighbors

United for Action

Upper Unadilla Valley Association

Water Defense

Westchester for Change

Western NY Drilling Defense

Western NY Peace Center, Inc.

Westford Neighbors

William Buffet

Working Families Party

Youth Advocates Now

Yuka Honda

Last Updated August 13, 2013

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