Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,
This update is to alert you that there is an upcoming public hearing and key town “information session.” Since it is taking place during a heightened electoral season, while the state continues to delay certain statewide guidelines for natural gas development, we need to stay vigilant in promoting the rationale voices and messages to allow it to occur as soon as possible. We must continue to mount a visible pro natural gas development presence to combat the extreme actions and recycled fraudulent claims of the opposition.
For the hearing mentioned below, we need to have pro-gas supporters attend the hearing, with as many as possible actually speaking out against the proposed moratorium. Please wear shirts, hats, buttons and bring positive signs (for outside only). Our yard signs have been visible at recent meetings and rallies carrying a simple pro gas job message.
This key hearing is as follows:
Town of Chenango – Monday, Oct. 1st. Chenango Forks High School Auditorium. 1 Gordon Drive, Binghamton. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Hearing begins at 5:30 pm. Speakers should plan for 3 minutes to speak. The first 100 will likely speak so arriving early or having members able to hold spots in line starting at 4:30pm for speakers would be crucial. Please show up between 3:30 and 4:30 (or earlier) to fill the line.
I also want to share a couple of recent media articles that are a worthwhile read. The Times Union piece offers Governor Cuomo’s take on what he calls an “intelligent” approach by the DEC to conduct the health study internally. The editorial from the New York Daily News offers a bit of a tongue and cheek, yet artfully stated, look at the ridiculous fear mongering opposition activists are doing on the health and environmental fronts, desperate to get attention and traction when the science and facts don’t go their way.
N.Y. Laughing Gas
New York Daily News, September 23, 2012
Cuomo from giving the okay for fracking in New York, die-hard opponents of the natural gas drilling technology are floating laugh-out-loud-funny health and environmental threats. Most hilariously, the enviro-activists have demanded that state officials ...
Cuomo Calls State Fracking Health Study "Intelligent"
Capitol Confidential, September 23, 2012
NORTH HUDSON - While leading a tour through the newly-acquired Boreas
Tracts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state was the most qualified entity to
review any health impacts associated with the permitting of natural gas
hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale region. Department of Environmental
Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday that it would
partner with the Department of Health to conduct a public health review in
conjunction with its generic environmental impact statement that is expected
to let gas well permitting move forward. This review will further delay the
Please feel free to share the urgent information about the upcoming local activity, the need for grassroots support, and the articles above with your fellow supporters.
Please know how much I appreciate the time, effort and energy given by so many of you in different ways. Know that we are having an important and much-needed impact. Your voices are being heard and must continue to be heard.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments. I appreciate the continued efforts of each of you.
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.