February 28, 2013
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo,
We the undersigned members of the New Jersey State Legislature are writing to
ask you not to move forward with high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in
the state of New York. We have deep concerns about the prospect of shale gas
development in the region and believe opening up New York State to drilling and
fracking would threaten the entire region, including our state of New Jersey.
As members of the New Jersey state legislature, we have acted on our serious
concerns in the past two legislative sessions. We passed legislation for a
statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey, and passed a bill prohibiting
the discharge, disposal, storage, or processing of drilling and fracking waste in
the state. The legislature addressed the issue of waste amid reports that
potentially radioactive drilling waste has been sent to landfills in the state and
that a 1.3 million gallon wastewater mix that included fracking wastewater was
evidently treated at a New Jersey facility and discharged into the Delaware
River. Unfortunately, Governor Christie has vetoed all of these bipartisan bills.
So our state is at risk.
We fear that if you allow fracking to go forward in New York, fracking will also be
permitted in the Delaware River basin. The Delaware River is a national treasure,
and the invaluable services it provides underpin the economy of our region.
Approximately 17 million residents of the Delaware River Basin states states,
including 2.9 million residents of New Jersey, rely on the river for clean drinking
Recent scientific studies justify taking precautionary measures like this, Governor
Cuomo. It is becoming increasingly clear that modern drilling and fracking for oil
and gas amounts to a large, uncontrolled experiment on public health and the
environment and will only contribute to climate change resulting in more
damaging storms like Sandy.
You can be a national leader by protecting our drinking water, protecting our
communities, addressing climate change, and promoting clean energy and
energy efficiency by not lifting the moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing
for natural gas in your state. Please keep the moratorium on drilling in NY to
protect your state and the region from this dangerous practice.