December 2, 2008

Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Dear Commissioner Grannis:

As members of the State Legislature from the City of New York and members of the NYC Council, we are most concerned about the effects of drilling for oil and gas in the area adjacent to the New York City reservoirs. Many city residents have expressed their concerns to us as well.

To address these concerns, we strongly urge you to schedule at least one hearing on the Draft Scope for the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program in the City. There may be impacts to that critical resource from gas drilling within the Marcellus Shale formation. Asking concerned residents to travel 100 or more miles to attend a hearing is unreasonable.

Thank you for considering our request. We look forward to working together with the Department to see that this matter is satisfactorily addressed.


Senator Eric Adams
20th S.D.
Senator Martin J. Golden
22nd S.D.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson
36th S.D.
Senator Liz Krueger
26th S.D.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery
18th S.D.
Senator George Onorato
12th S.D.

Senator Frank Padavan
11th S.D.
Senator Bill Perkins
30th S.D.

Senator Jose M. Serrano
28th S.D.
Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
16th S.D.

Senator Eric Schneiderman
31st S.D.
Assemblymember Jeffrion L. Aubry
35th A.D.

Assemblymember Michael Benjamin
79th A.D.
Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing
73rd A.D.

Assemblymember William Boyland, Jr.
55th A.D.
Assemblymember James F. Brennan
44th A.D.

Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny
46th A.D.
Assemblymember William Colton
47th A.D.

Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
81st A.D.
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
66th A.D.

Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried
75th A.D.
Assemblymember Aurelia Greene
77th A.D.

Assemblymember Dov Hikind
48th A.D.
Assemblymember Rhoda S. Jacobs
42nd A.D.

Assemblymember Micah Kellner
65th A.D.
Assemblymember Rory I. Lancman
25th A.D.

Assemblymember Joseph R. Lentol
50th A.D.
Assemblymember Alan Maisel
59th A.D.

Assemblymember Nettie Mayersohn
27th A.D.
Assemblymember Joan Millman
52nd A.D.

Assemblymember Catherine T. Nolan
37th A.D.
Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz
51st A.D.

Assemblymember Audrey L. Pheffer
23rd A.D.
Assemblymember Annette Robinson
56th A.D.

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal
67th A.D.
Assemblymember Louis R. Tobacco
62nd A.D.

Assemblymember Ellen Young
22nd A.D.
Councilmember Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
32nd C.D.

Councilmember Tony Avella
19th C.D.
Councilmember Gale Brewer
6th C.D.

Councilmember Leroy Comrie
27th C.D.
Councilmember Letitia James
35th C.D.

Councilmember Michael C. Nelson
48th C.D.
Councilmember David I. Weprin
23rd C.D.

Councilmember David Yassky
33rd C.D.