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 respectfully request that you require your Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a Supplemental Findings Statement to revise its definition of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) to prohibit all forms of shale fracking in New York, not just HVHF based on "300,000 or more gallons of water."
This is critically important because DEC received a gas well permit application on April 24, 2015 to frack Marcellus shale using "gelled" propane instead of water in Tioga County.
Your administration clearly knew that its HVHF definition was inadequate to implement the No-Action decision in the Findings Statement issued on June 29, 2015.
Given that shortcoming, I request that you take immediate action to fulfill the shale fracking prohibition specified in the Findings Statement:
"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)."
I am one of more than 1,450 signatories to a coalition letter which details my concerns more fully.
See: Coalition Letter requests that NYSDEC issue a Supplemental Findings Statement to prohibit all types of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
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.