A Few DAYS more to fight Fracking in N.Y. FLOOD the DEC and Cuomo with calls and Letters

January 11, 2012 is the deadline for public comments before Cuomo moves
ahead with hydrofracking in NYS.

Please, if you will, take any or all of the
actions below in the next 3-4 days to protect New York's precious air,
water, land, and economy.

THREE EFFECTIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STOP HYDROFRACKING IN NY NOW:

#1: Call Governor Cuomo every day. Be polite & direct and
tell him to ban hydro-fracking and commit to using renewable energy. New
Yorkers want safe and sustainable jobs and energy for generations to come.
Tell him that you vote in the Presidential race and will not forget his
stand on this issue. If he allows hydrofracking, you will not support his
future gubernatorial or presidential campaigns.

Here is his phone number: Albany: 518-474-8390

Here's his contact info for e-mail BUT THAT'S NOT NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE AS A
LIVE CALL OR A POSTAL LETTER (SEE BELOW):
http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php

#2: ** DEC PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS JANUARY 11, 2012 ** Send the DEC at
least one letter. Multiple short letters that address different points are
even better. DEC has one approved web-based form, but snail mail (has to go
out soon) is considered to be much better. All comments must be received by
them before January 11.

Here is a link to learn how to submit effective comment(s) to the DEC.
Please note that the DEC has requirements on how comments can be submitted
and comments sent by email, fax or telephone will NOT be entered into the
official record. Please read this web page with instructions and act
immediately:
http://unitedforaction.org/2011/10/13/dec-sgeis-comment-action-center/
AND
"to see cliff notes on draft doc only" --
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=DSGEIS_Responses

Mail your comments to:
Attn: dSGEIS Comments
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6510

AGAIN - IMPORTANT
The DEC demands that any comment address specific content of the RD SGEIS
draft document, so you will want to go to those "cliff note" type web pages
above for some quick help on this. Here are some suggested points to
address:
* No adequate assessment of the serious health impacts of fracking
* Inadequate and unclear rules about fracking in floodplains
* Limited protection for primary aquifers
* Unacceptable set-backs, even for NYC watershed
* Fracking waste is not classified as hazardous
* Tracking of fracking waste is left up to gas industry operators
* Open pits for storing fracking waste have not been outlawed
* Drilling is allowed under state-owned land
* No comprehensive, focused plan to analyze the cumulative impact of a full
build out of gas wells
* Have ignored documented science about natural migration of methane and
contaminants in drinking water

Go to any of the following web sites for more information on writing to the
DEC.
Shortcut to "cliff notes" at
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=DSGEIS_Responses

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/fracking-action-center/activist-tools/

http://www.United for Action.org
http://frackaction.com/content/action-center

#3: Send this well-organized coalition letter to Gov. Cuomo to
demand the withdrawal of the DEC draft, RD SGEIS, (DEC recommendations to
Cuomo). This is a group letter that follows the public comment guidelines in
a powerful way. The SGEIS has been called "a political document only - not
scientific." Please read and sign this letter and please tell all your
neighbors & friends to do the same:
http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/cuomo/coalition_letter/2011

IMPORTANT ACTION FOR NOW OR AFTER JANUARY 11, 2012
#4: This one you can do now or after the deadline. Write a personal letter
to Gov. Cuomo and send it by snail mail. See One Million Fracking Letters
for further information and a sample letter (there is an online letter here as well).
Mail to:
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol
Building Albany, NY 12224

These are the most powerful & effective actions you can take at this
time...but you are not enough...please forward this request to your neighbors,
friends, relatives, children, real estate agents & businesses you know who
don't want Fracking (read: toxic poisoning). Please forward as soon as
possible. The clock is ticking. DEC wants comments by Wednesday, January 11,
2012.


Thanks for doing what you can to protect our air and water!

Sincerely,
Leslee Rachel Cooper
High Falls, NY