Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
New York State Governor
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo:
My name is _________ and I live at _______________ .
I write today because _______________.
With those concerns in mind, I request that you deny all pending applications for Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline and all other natural gas, crude oil and petroleum product infrastructure projects in New York due to the state's well-documented inability to fulfill the requirements of Section 401 of the U. S. Clean Water Act.
I believe you have a clear duty to deny these Water Quality Certification Applications because according to your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC):
"In accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, applicants for a Federal license or permit for activities (including but not limited to the construction or operation of facilities that may result in any discharge into waters of the United States) are required to apply for and obtain a Water Quality Certification from DEC indicating that the proposed activity will not violate water quality standards (emphasis added)."
Please see below a total of 114 spill profiles which document that natural gas, crude oil and petroleum product infrastructure projects all over New York have resulted in major explosions, fires, leaks, accidents, spills and toxic discharges which caused extensive water pollution hazards.
These examples document that DEC obviously cannot fulfill its Section 401 obligations. See below and: Natural Gas, Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Pipeline Fires, Explosions, Accidents, Ruptures and Spills
As a result, I believe it is beyond dispute that DEC cannot fulfill its onerous responsibilities pursuant to the Clean Water Act.
See: Section 401 Certification
See: Existing and Proposed Pipelines Map
I am one of more than 1,100 signatories to a coalition letter which requests that you deny the Section 401 Water Quality Certification application for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.
See: Coalition Letter Which Requests That Governor Cuomo Deny All Section 401 Water Quality Certification Applications
I trust that you will find my request self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your consideration.
cc: Honorable Basil Seggos
Honorable Howard Zucker, M.D.