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Help Protect Adirondack Forest Preserve Lands From Mining

 

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The Prop 5 constitutional amendment last November, which set the stage for swapping constitutionally protected Forest Preserve lands with the NYCO mining company, reeks of bad precedent. Never before has the NYS Constitution been amended to relinquish constitutional protections on Forest Preserve lands for the profit of a private mining company. 

 

Despite the passage of the Prop 5 amendment, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) now should not have the right to subvert all other environmental regulations pertaining to mining on the parcel.  But that is exactly what DEC is attempting to do by waiving existing environmental rules for drilling test bores on the 200 acres Forest Preserve parcel, by using a streamlined process for amending the Jay Mountain Wilderness Unit Management Plan.

 

DEC’s and the Adirondack Park Agency's (APA) rushed permitting process for the NYCO mine will allow industrial drill rigs to bore test holes at 22 sites where wilderness protections were once guaranteed.  This lowers the bar for mining, logging, real estate, and even fracking interests, to convert New York's wild forests into private cash cows. The looming prospect of shale gas development in New York State adds urgency to an aggressive defense of Forest Preserve land -- it takes little imagination to anticipate efforts by fracking interests to invoke the NYCO precedent in a campaign for the right to frack in the Catskill Park.

 

Take action today by sending the message below to the DEC and urge them to prepare a thorough environmental impact statement before allowing NYCO to drill test bores on wilderness lands!

 

If you would like to send comments via the mail, send to:
Peter Frank, Bureau Chief
NYS DEC
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233

and

Richard Booth, Chairman, State Lands Committee
Terry Martino, Executive Director
Adirondack Park Agency
PO Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977

 

Thank you for all you do to protect New York's environment!

Recipients

  • Peter Frank, Bureau Chief
  • Executive Director Terry Martino

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Message

Prepare a thorough environmental impact statement before allowing NYCO to drill

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to express my concern about the proposal to drill test bores within the Adirondack Forest Preserve by the NYCO mining company.



Lastly, I am urging you to prepare a thorough environmental impact statement before allowing NYCO to drill test bores on wilderness lands within the Forest Preserve. Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]