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    by a group of Syracuse area elected officials as well as elected official from other regions Additionally elected officials from other parts of the state sent statements in support At the press conference Julie Huntsman D V M co coordinator of Elected Officials to Protect New York and Town of Otsego Councilmember said Elected Officials to Protect New York urges Governor Cuomo to enact a minimum three to five year moratorium on fracking which science shows us is necessary to protect New Yorkers water and health With hundreds of studies finding water contamination dangerous air pollution earthquakes health impacts and more a long term moratorium is imperative Jean Kessner Syracuse City Councilor At Large co coordinator of Elected Officials to Protect New York said at the press conference We share a sacred responsibility with Governor Cuomo to protect the health and wellbeing of our constituents which is why we re calling for a minimum three to five year moratorium on fracking as the science demands We all depend on clean water clean air and a clean environment for our health and economy Let s make sure New York stays that way New York State s health and scientific community has pointed to a significant and rapidly growing body of evidence showing risks and harms of fracking and have urged a minimum three to five year moratorium on fracking Notably the independent experts group Concerned Health Professionals of New York just released the second edition of the Compendium of Scientific Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking a 103 page summary of the evidence with 448 citations Elected Officials to Protect New York has also promoted the need for and opportunities of renewable energy and has spoken to the benefits of New York State embracing renewables A number of municipalities across the state have passed an EOPNY template resolution in support of renewable energy and efficiency Gregory Young City of Gloversville Fifth Ward Supervisor said at the press conference Results from Pennsylvania have shown jobs claims are exaggerated and largely go to out of state workers Our state needs the good jobs and lasting sustainability of renewable energy These good jobs can plug the brain drain and keep talented young people in all of our states communities Elizabeth Thomas Town of Ulysses Supervisor sent a statement Innovation and infrastructure need to aim at technologies that will lead not only New York but the planet with a future that preserves its clean air and water while also reducing our impact on climate I support Elected Officials to Protect New York and call for an extension of the moratorium on hydrofracking in New York Carl Chipman Town of Rochester Supervisor sent a statement The old adage time will tell applies to the study of the impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing Governor Cuomo wisely called for additional studies of the impacts of fracking a few years ago and continued the moratorium on fracking in New York Since then scientific evidence has been

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    Protect New York In response to the Court of Appeals decision today affirming the rights of municipalities to ban fracking NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and Elected Officials to Protect New York co coordinator Julie Huntsman Town of Otsego Councilwoman released the following statement Today the New York Court of Appeals reaffirmed the long standing right of local communities to exercise control over land use decisions in order to shape their neighborhoods as they see fit Our amicus brief in support of local control showed how powerful we can be when citizens advocates and elected officials from upstate and downstate stand together to promote community oriented planning and to raise concerns about threats to our quality of life posed by hydrofracking Thousands of New Yorkers have raised serious concerns about the effects of fracking on public health the environment and their local budgets As we detailed in our brief studies increasingly show how the wide ranging impacts of fracking may not stop at municipal borders and why statewide protection remains imperative Elected Officials to Protect New York is a non partisan network of more than 800 current and former elected officials from all 62 New York State counties Share Facebook Twitter

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    62 New York counties In response to the news today that Governor Cuomo awarded 54 million to fund large scale solar projects across New York State New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet said On behalf of the Town of New Paltz and Elected Officials to Protect New York representing 750 local elected officials from all 62 New York counties we applaud Governor Cuomo s NY Sun initia tive and the recent award of 54 million to fund large solar power projects in New York State New York has always been a precedent setting state from abolition of slavery to the women s suffrage movement to unparalleled infrastructure projects like the Erie Canal Governor Cuomo s historic step in leading the nation on solar energy addressing climate change and growing our clean energy economy adds to this prominent history Now that the carbon dioxide measurements in the Earth s atmosphere have broken the dangerous milestone of 400 parts per million Americans are looking for real leadership on climate change That means aggressively reducing fossil fuel extraction and use including fracking which threatens to greatly exacerbate climate change in the near and medium term Whereas President Obama s climate plan capitulates to

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    first responders and law enforcement and the effects of drilling on property values and home mortgages existing businesses and economies and local community character and A revised and properly thorough study of cumulative impacts including but not limited to the impacts on the rural landscape water resources air quality and greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of safe alternatives for wastewater disposal We represent the growing majority of elected officials from all political parties from cities towns villages and county governments who have reviewed the science and facts on fracking As local officials we are the closest to the people and we ve heard deep concerns from an unprecedented number of our constituents Not only have we spent countless hours listening to public comments at hearings and public meetings we hear from our neighbors at post offices in grocery stores and in our personal email inboxes We have the ear to the ground on how our constituents view this industry The sum total of what we have learned is deeply troubling Many of us have enacted local bans and moratoria first conducting our own rigorous and exhaustive research to ensure that such ordinances were a necessary risk in the face of the gas industry s threat of lawsuits Across the state in response to our constituents concerns and a remarkable citizens movement more than 135 municipalities have bans and moratoria enacted and many more are under consideration Yet we realize it is not enough to protect our own backyards All of our communities are interdependent The water and air do not know our municipal boundary lines The truck traffic and pressure on housing and property values will not skirt towns that have banned fracking It is up to the state government to adequately study the science and economics of fracking and to make sure the health safety and prosperity of all New Yorkers are protected We know that you have been pressured by a small group of town supervisors in the Southern Tier to direct the DEC to move forward with fracking as soon as possible but we urge that a decision cannot be made without all of the aforementioned studies Additionally the validity of the request from this small group of town supervisors is questionable They claim a majority of their constituents support their position but we can attest that many of their resolutions were very purposefully passed with no public notice and no public input They themselves point to an inundation of opposition following passage of their resolutions What other admission is needed that their own constituents do not agree with them While the public protests having pro fracking resolutions passed in the dark of night behind their backs the contrast with passage of bans and moratoria with public meetings and formal hearings usually following public petition drives could not be more clear As mayors town supervisors councilmembers trustees and county officials of Southern Tier communities and on behalf of elected officials from most counties in the state

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/oct-2-letter/ (2016-04-25)
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    behalf of Elected Officials to Protect New York Representing more than 600 local elected officials from every county in New York State Elected Officials to Protect New York applauds the New York State Assembly for its leadership on a moratorium on fracking in order that the health impacts can be adequately considered prior to a decision whether to allow fracking This is critically important for all New Yorkers and ensures that science can inform the decision We also call on the New York State Senate to swiftly follow suit Meanwhile it s paramount that New York State not ignore major concerns about the negative economic impacts of fracking The state has acknowledged that its own economic analysis was inadequate but has not done anything to address this major shortcoming We call for a thorough study of the economic impacts of fracking to determine the extent of the burden it will place on local municipalities and existing industries Economic impacts include drops in property values losses to agriculture and tourism and increased burden on municipal services such as first responders police road damage and local infrastructure The state must also examine the climate impacts of fracking as a growing body of

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    of job creation are wildly overstated and most of the drilling jobs go to non local workers Estimates of jobs and tax revenues are based on gas reserve estimates significantly greater than what the latest U S Geological Survey study shows said Town of Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman It is unconscionable that New Yorkers are being asked to accept so much risk based on the pivotal promise of jobs and tax revenues when the promises appear to be spin and propaganda The DEC s own study consulted out to Ecology Environment Inc identifies that local governments would experience some significant negative fiscal impacts due to fracking including road construction improvement and repair expenditures expenditures on emergency services such as fire police and first aid additional expenditures on public water supply systems local governments would be required to increase expenditures on other services such as education housing health and welfare recreation and solid waste management to serve the additional population Shockingly that is where the state s report ends with no analysis and no numbers There is no analysis or evaluation to inform a decision about fracking and there is no plan to avert heavy burdens on local governments and economies Fracking is a new unfunded mandate on local governments The DEC s own report said so said Albany County Legislator Bryan Clenahan The officials noted that they have long called for the state to do a thorough socioeconomic analysis Town of Otsego Councilmember Julie Huntsman said The DEC has failed in its responsibility to property analyze the socioeconomic impacts of fracking and as such does not fulfill basic SEQRA requirements EOPNY has pursued a meeting with Governor Cuomo since June as his partners in government who are concerned about fracking They objected to the fact that the governor has met with representatives of the out of state oil gas industry but will not meet with representatives of a group of 600 elected officials from across the state Town of Pulteney Supervisor Jane Russell said We question the Governor s priorities if he has time to meet with representatives of the fracking industry but no time to meet with the representatives of our mutual constituents the people of New York Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan Owego Mayor Kevin Millar and Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore released this joint statement As mayors from the largest cities in the Southern Tier we are greatly concerned about the municipal costs and economic impacts of fracking The Cuomo administration s review noted potential impacts but entirely neglected to study them instead only presenting potential benefits based on outdated and inflated gas reserve estimates Governor Cuomo does not have the economic information to make an informed decision about fracking and fracking threatens to jeopardize already struggling local governments economic vitality and the public health of our citizens The officials also raised grave concerns about the secrecy and inadequacy of the state s health review EOPNY has called for a comprehensive health impact assessment as well as for public

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    ignored the negative impacts of fracking How can the state make a decision without knowing the costs to our local governments health businesses and environment Fracking could irreversibly damage our landscape local economies and environment that make New York special said Councilmember Elaine Spaull As local officials we re concerned about the making certain that we continue to ask the hard questions about fracking We are calling on the Governor to ensure that all New Yorkers are protected The elected officials raised concerns about the negative socioeconomic impacts of fracking and how fracking could jeopardize the economic well being of municipalities and local economies across the state New York s upstate economy is built on agriculture tourism a strong real estate industry and small businesses all of which could be negatively impacted by fracking Yet the Department of Environmental Conservation s study consisted of only a one sided review of the economic impacts of fracking looking at potential benefits but entirely neglecting the negative socioeconomic impacts More than a year ago DEC Commissioner Martens acknowledged that the state s economic analysis was inadequate yet with a decision nearing this serious shortcoming has not been addressed Meanwhile the gas industry s own claims of economic benefits such as job creation are seriously in doubt For instance an independent study from the Keystone Research Center found that fracking only contributed 5 669 jobs in Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2010 and that the gas industry s claim of creating over 48 000 jobs during that period is far from true Data from other parts of the country such as Wyoming show that crime rates have risen with the influx of fracking leaving municipalities concerned about impacts on public safety Meanwhile the NYS Department of Transportation estimates that fracking would result in increased in heavy traffic 6 790 truck trips per well according to the DEC which would equal yearly road damage of 211 million to 378 million Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle said Fracking produces enormous volumes of highly toxic radioactive waste yet New York State and the gas industry have no plan to deal with it Meanwhile it is transported throughout our communities over our streams and rivers and amidst our parklands and farmlands The potential for costly disasters is cause for great alarm Pittsford Mayor Robert Corby said Fracking threatens the economic vitality of Upstate New York Fracking could destroy our tourism industry our wineries and the allure of our beautiful landscapes No one wants to sit in a vineyard next to a fracking rig Additionally in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee potential impacts from climate change are a concern to municipalities Fracking releases methane a greenhouse gas that is 105 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period Fracking makes climate change worse when we re already paying for damage from stronger storms Tropical Storm Lee caused over 1 billion in damage in the Southern Tier alone said Dominic Frongillo Deputy

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