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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    officials we re concerned about the costs of fracking Buffalo Councilmember Majority Leader Demone Smith Buffalo was the first city in New York State and one of the first in the nation to pass a bill to ban fracking Now we re calling on New York State 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 that found 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 East Aurora Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Weberg said Fracking puts our quality of life our property values and the tourism that our businesses rely on at risk The degradation to our land air and water and the huge increase in truck traffic that accompanies hydraulic fracturing would threaten to unravel everything that so many have worked so hard to create and protect The true costs of fracking will be borne by the communities the energy companies will make off with their profits after providing short term jobs without accountability for the impacts that will emerge slowly and will be present for generations 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 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period Fracking will worsen climate change when we re already paying for damage from stronger storms Our communities in the Southern Tier are still recovering from Tropical Storm Lee which caused over 1 billion in damage said Dominic Frongillo Deputy Town Supervisor in Caroline Taxpayers are stuck paying the bill How much more will fracking cost

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/buffalo-city-councilmembers-and-local-officials-among-600-elected-officials-raising-concerns-about-true-costs-of-fracking/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    30 day comment period precludes local governments from expressing the concerns of the citizens we are elected to represent It s nearly impossible for local governments to schedule meetings to dissect and discuss the potential health impacts of hydraulic fracturing with the holidays in the middle of the period and the constraints on local governments to follow proper procedure in regard to Open Meetings Laws Local governments have been working diligently to prepare in concert with their constituents in case fracking is approved in the state Mayor Kevin Millar of the Village of Owego in Tioga County explained The Village of Owego passed a moratorium on natural gas exploration extraction and support activities in 2012 The village board took this action so that we can review our comprehensive plan and if needed alter our zoning law in order to protect our residents and infrastructure from the heavy industrial activity that accompanies gas drilling and support services We have hired a planning firm to assist us in this work We re trying to respond thoughtfully and responsibly but the 30 day comment period precludes us from commenting on these very critical regulations that we will have to live with if fracking is allowed Town of Caroline Deputy Supervisor Dominic Frongillo said This is about good government At a bare minimum local government elected officials and the public need 90 days to comment on the revised regulations Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson highlighted a January 2 letter from DEC Commissioner Joe Martens to Dan Fitzsimmons of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York That letter written at the behest of Governor Cuomo in response to the Coalition s concerns about delay in the decision making explained the DEC s process over the next two months I find it revealing that the Landowners Coalition has gotten this attention and response from the Governor through the Commissioner We have written Governor Cuomo four letters since June asking for a meeting in each letter and have gotten no response from his office EOPNY represents 565 local elected officials from every county in the state EOPNY signatories serve on legislative bodies that represent 13 461 888 New Yorkers or 69 of the state s population When will we hear from the Governor A short 30 day comment period in the midst of the holidays stifles public participation on an already confusing and backwards process The regulations were released prior to the state s completion of the environmental review the SGEIS and a health review which itself suffers from undue secrecy The elected officials reiterated concerns that Elected Officials to Protect New York detailed in a December 3 2012 letter to Governor Cuomo Commissioner Martens and Department of Health commissioner Shah about the secrecy and lack of public participation and exclusion of medical and scientific experts in the state s health review The December 3 letter states To reiterate our core concern about the recent developments the DEC has released revised regulations prior to completion of

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/elected-officials-question-comment-period-on-fracking-regulations-and-lack-of-public-participation-in-review-of-frackings-health-impacts/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    state s Open Meetings Law most local governments will be unable to respond at all to these critical regulations under the current 30 day comment period Here is our open letter Here is our letter from December 3 that calls for the health review to be made public and opened for public participation which this letter references This request is about good governments and public participation This short comment period especially during a period of major religious and national holidays is inadequate for any reasonable public review of such extensive regulations About Elected Officials to Protect NY www NYElectedOfficials org Representing more than 550 local elected officials from all 62 New York State counties Elected Officials to Protect New York is a nonpartisan geographically diverse group of local elected officials representing cities towns villages and counties across New York who are committed to protecting our great state The group believes that prior to making a decision about fracking at a minimum Governor Cuomo must do a comprehensive health impact assessment a thorough socioeconomic impact assessment that considers all potentially negative impacts and a revised and properly thorough study of cumulative impacts The initiative launched in June 2012 to bring concerns

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/frackingandgoodgovt/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    transparency and public participation are crucial to ensure the best interests of New Yorkers and to restore the public s trust in the state s review As it stands no elected officials no members of New York s medical and scientific community and no members of the public have any idea what the DEC s review of the health impacts of fracking look like No one knows what the DOH is reviewing and no one knows what the three outside experts are spending their 25 hours reviewing The letter by Elected Officials to Protect New York explains grave concerns over public statements by one of the three reviewers Lynn Goldman who has indicated she is not living up to the task of determining the health impacts of fracking on public health which is what New Yorkers were led to believe she had been contracted to do Instead Goldman has indicated she is making a judgment call about the comparative health impacts of fracking versus coal which would seem to contradict DEC Commissioner Martens statement that Obviously if there was a public health concern that could not be addressed we would not proceed Martha Robertson Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature said Commissioner Martens told us in a meeting on November 13 that they ve made substantial changes to the SGEIS We believe it is good policy and the law that the public must have an opportunity to see and weigh in on such significant changes What matters to New Yorkers is whether the DEC s review of fracking is done right not how much time has been spent on it A process that New Yorkers don t trust can only yield a decision that New Yorkers don t trust On November 29 the DEC quietly released revised regulations to get a 90 day extension The elected officials explain in their letter that it is backward to release regulations before the health review and SGEIS are finished since the regulations must be based on both They note that by the DEC s own admission the revised regulations which the public is supposed to comment on starting December 12 will under no circumstances be the actual regulations that the DEC would use They question if the December 12 January 11 comment period is just a fig leaf to make it appear that the DEC is being transparent and open and following the law Village of Cooperstown Trustee James Dean said This order of events could suggest to New Yorkers that this is a politically motivated decision when that may not be the case The Village of Cooperstown an internationally known tourist destination is also the home of the Bassett Healthcare Network Bassett is an integrated health care system that provides care and services to people living in an eight county region covering 5 600 square miles in upstate New York We are all very concerned about the short and long term negative heath consequences of hydro fracking in New York State Our

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/550-elected-officials-question-regulations-and-review-of-frackings-health-impacts-call-on-governor-cuomo-to-lift-shroud-of-secrecy-around-fracking/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    data from other parts of the country such as Wyoming where crime rates have risen with the influx of fracking Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore said The fiscal stress that upstate urban cities are currently operating under does not relieve us of our duty to protect our municipalities from an invasion of unknown and unintended consequences The promised jobs and improved economy have yet to be proven long term anywhere which makes me skeptical that fracking would bring positive growth to NY Mayor Skidmore pointed out that Pennsylvania has not seen anywhere near the number of jobs from fracking that the gas industry claims She referenced an independent study from the Keystone Research Center that found 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 Elected Officials to Protect New York is calling for a thorough economic study that includes analysis of the negative socioeconomic impacts of fracking The 2011 DEC revised SGEIS is inadequate in part because it only studied the potential economic benefits of fracking without considering the negative impacts The elected officials presented a host of economic concerns ranging from loss in property values and the resulting municipal tax base road and municipal infrastructure damage direct loss of agriculture as well as the demand for New York State food loss of tourism and the costs of negative health impacts accompanying fracking There are too many unknowns with fracking We want to support the agricultural economy that has been here for generations as well as our burgeoning local industries of grape growing wine making and brewing said Pulteney Town Supervisor Jane Russell We want to attract the people from around the world who love and appreciate New York With nearly 7 000 truck trips per hydro fracturing well according to the DEC s Revised SGEIS the cumulative impact of this traffic on our communities has not been adequately addressed said Carl Chipman Supervisor of the Town of Rochester In addition to safety environmental and health impacts posed by so many trucks in a heavy industrial process the bucolic nature of our upstate rural communities is an important reason why people choose to live and visit here How many people will want to live with these conditions What will be the effect on property values Elected Officials to Protect New York also noted that their original letter called on Governor Cuomo to do a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment HIA on fracking The DEC s study does not adequately address many serious health concerns and Governor Cuomo must do a comprehensive HIA before making a decision about fracking We stand with hundreds of medical professionals and medical organizations in calling on Governor Cuomo to do a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment before making a decision about fracking said Julie Huntsman an Otsego County Legislator The science needs to be done and if the governor allowed fracking without heeding that

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/11132012-press-release-is-fracking-worth-it-525-local-elected-officials-have-doubts/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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  • Elected Officials to Protect New York
    going forward with fracking at this time Martha Robertson Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and one of the founders of Elected Officials to Protest New York said We sincerely hope that Governor Cuomo will heed this common sense request from hundreds of elected officials from most counties in the state This decision must be driven by the facts and best interests of all New Yorkers not a rushed timeline driven by pressure from the gas industry For a full list of elected officials who are part of Elected Officials to Protect New York visit www NYElectedOfficials org Elected Officials to Protect New York is a bipartisan initiative of over 440 elected officials from 52 counties across the state calling on Governor Cuomo to continue the moratorium on fracking until the drilling method is proven safe for all New Yorkers Local elected officials can join the statement by visiting www nyelectedofficials org 280 Elected Officials Across NYS Call On Governor Cuomo to Continue Fracking Moratorium Require Additional Study Albany NY On Monday June 4 more than 280 local elected officials from 34 counties across New York State called on Governor Cuomo to continue the fracking moratorium and to do additional study before a decision is made whether to allow fracking Their request which they delivered in the form of a letter to the Governor crosses political lines and comes from elected officials from more than half of New York State s counties At a press conference in Albany elected officials shared issues of concern to municipalities and released their letter to Governor Cuomo They spoke about how the Department of Environmental Conservation s DEC review of fracking has significant shortcomings To address their concerns a number of studies are needed before not after any decision is made about fracking and before fracking commences anywhere in the state One of the elected officials who started the initiative Town of Caroline Deputy Supervisor Dominic Frongillo said As local elected officials we are on the front lines of this issue and a number of critical studies have not been done to determine the consequences of fracking and drilling operations to the constituents we represent The impacts of fracking don t respect municipal boundaries or political parties which is why we ve already seen such an overwhelming and bipartisan response in support of this initiative from across the state Among their concerns are the cumulative health impacts of fracking so they are calling for a comprehensive and independent cumulative health impact assessment Town of Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman said The revised SGEIS on the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing presented by the DEC falls very short of resolving and even discussing many concerns involving the impacts on the health safety and general well being of our residents as well as the economic impacts to our communities As an elected official failure to oppose lifting the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York would be a disservice to those whom I m elected

    Original URL path: http://www.nyelectedofficials.org/280-elected-officials-across-nys-call-on-governor-cuomo-to-continue-fracking-moratorium-require-additional-study/?shared=email&msg=fail (2016-04-25)
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