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There has been a lot of attention to a recent New York Times article that laid out a possible scenario for moving forward with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

The key aspect of this report was the idea that the Cuomo administration will give preference to a limited number of communities that have passed resolutions in favor of responsible drilling.

There has been a mixed response to this report. Some are upset about it because they think it will sharply limit development, create a patchwork of regulation and impede the economic opportunities that will come from natural gas development.

Our initial reaction is that it would appear to indicate that the administration wants to proceed with the permitting process, albeit in a limited way. The newspaper article raises many questions -- not the least of which is what happens in communities not mentioned in the article.

The JLC is trying to get answers to these questions. It is difficult to comment on a proposed plan until there is more clarity and official word from the administration.

We believe it is best to refrain from comment.

Please be assured that the JLC will do its best to protect all of its members. We strongly believe that all landowners have a right to develop their land.

Our posture for the short term is to refrain from comment until such time as there is definitive word from the administration.

We specifically want to distance ourselves from those who are inclined to sharply criticize the administration based on a newspaper article. We don’t believe that is constructive at this time.

We are monitoring this situation closely and will pass along relevant information as it is received.

Warm Regards,

Dan Fitzsimmons, President

Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.


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