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.
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
If you would like to send comments via the mail, send to: Peter Frank, Bureau ChiefNYS DEC625 Broadway, 5th FloorAlbany, NY 12233andRichard Booth, Chairman, State Lands CommitteeTerry Martino, Executive DirectorAdirondack Park AgencyPO Box 99Ray Brook, NY 12977
Thank you for all you do to protect New York's environment!
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.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]