You are here

No Final SGEIS Findings Statement Issued Yet/Ten Days and Counting

Please Sign our Final SGEIS Findings Statement Coalition Letter:


It has now been TEN DAYS since the informal review and comment period ended for the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

It is hard to know what is going on. No legally-binding Findings Statement has been issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). As a result, the SGEIS proceeding still has not been concluded with a final decision.

Last December 17th, many groups were quick to declare that shale fracking has been banned in New York when the Department of Health (DOH) released its Public Health Review. Months later, they admitted that Governor Cuomo would not permanently prohibit shale fracking and also acknowledged that his decision could be revisited "at any time."

Some of those same groups have been thanking the Governor without knowing exactly how the legally binding Findings Statement would conclude the SGEIS proceeding.

That is a Cardinal sin in politics. We must take nothing for granted. The Findings Statement could still be getting revised. Otherwise, why the delay?

Please Keep Calling Governor Cuomo at 518 474 8390 until the Final SGEIS Findings Statement is issued.

You will hear a recording. Press 2 to leave a message or press 3 to speak with a live person. Either option is fine.

Fractivists asked me to make the phone banking script more detailed and easier to use. Your wish is my command.

Greetings. My name is _____ and I live at ______.

I am a: humanitarian - physician - farmer - elected official - life-long New Yorker - dentist - teacher - business owner - registered voter - registered Democrat - unionized worker - environmentalist - artist - religious leader - lawyer - winery owner - PhD. - ________.

I totally oppose permitting shale fracking in New York because:

I live directly over the Marcellus Shale formation.

I live in the area of New York devastated by decades of conventional gas and oil extraction activities.

I drink well water that could be polluted by fracking.

I have zero confidence in DEC's ability to enforce New York's environmental protection laws.


For all these reasons, I respectfully request that DEC's Findings Statement for the Final SGEIS implement:

A. the No - Action alternative (The denial of permits to develop the Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs by horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (No - action alternative).

B. the DOH Public Health Review's key policy recommendation:

"Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF [high-volume hydraulic fracturing] to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in NYS."

C. a requirement that the DEC's final decision in this matter cannot be revisited without conducting a new Environmental Impact Assessment pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Governor Cuomo, in conclusion I believe you have a duty to safeguard all New Yorkers from existing gas and oil extraction hazards as well as future shale fracking threats.

I respectfully request that you clean up all known gas and oil production problems reported by your DEC, notably more than 5,000 abandoned and unplugged gas and oil production wells and thousands of gas extraction wastewater spills.

Thank you for considering all of my requests and for your public service.

Do Not Stop Until You Drop

These sophisticated political and policy requests will bring incredible pressure to bear on the Governor. Keep calling. "It ain't over till it's over."

Each day is a political eternity. Anything can happen until the Findings Statement is issued.

Thousands of Fractivists have called in recent weeks.

Keep battling until the final horn sounds.

Thank you for all of your assistance.

Very best regards,


If you would like to unsubscribe, please send a blank email to: