Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 2011

A wise person once said, you need to stop and smell the flowers and reflect on the positive things that are occurring around us, I am going to take a few minutes to do that right now. I was always in awe of the talent and dedication of the members of SCLOC and JLC and the organizations that help support us. This past month I have attended many meetings and have meet many new people, I have been very impressed by the caliber of the young people helping in our quest to get natural gas drilling back into our State.

There are two young people from Energy in Depth that are doing great work helping the coalitions in getting the truth out about drilling in the Marcellus Shale. There is a young man in the newly formed Tompkins County coalition who was one of the most articulate young person I have met in a long time. There is a young woman from Deposit NY, who is doing great work helping the coalitions to gear up for the XTO’S hearing next month on the water withdrawal application with the DRBC. Finally I have to mention the support of our newly elected Assemblyman Phil Palmesano for his support for SCLOC. I am more convinced than ever that citizens of New York, who support natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the State, will be victorious! Until next week, Neil

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011- blog

May 24,2011

The pro gas drilling rally to Albany has been put off for awhile, JLC felt that resources needed to be directed to other matters. Kenny and I attended the JLC meeting last night in Binghamton. Stu Gruskin, former Executive Deputy Commissioner of DEC, spoke about the time table of when DEC will begin issuing drilling permits. Commissioner Gruskin hopes a year from now gas drilling permits will begin. The process will be hindered or advanced by how the Governor values this issue going forward. Latest polls show the residents of the state evenly divided on this issue, with 20 percent undecided. All Coalitions in the state need to step-up their efforts to make sure the Governor and the undecided are on our side. Until next time. Neil

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 21,2011

May 21,2011

Jeff Heller,Kenny&LaVera Knowles,Ellen Zver, and I are setting up an informational booth on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing for Community Days at the Bath NY. Fair Grounds this weekend. Sat. &Sun.- 8 to 4. If you are up that way this weekend stop in and visit.

    Thursday night my wife and I attended a anti gas drilling forum held at West High School, Painted Post. Pastor Gary Mc Caslin was moderator of the meeting, he should have given a sermon on telling the truth and not on his very limited knowledge on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Nothing was mentioned about the people in the Southern Tier who can’t afford to drive to work because of the price of gasoline. People are still losing their jobs & homes and young men & woman are still dying protecting our foreign energy interest, when we have all the energy we need to help solve all these problems right under our feet in the Marcellus Shale. Pastor Gary, your definition of Christianity must be different than mine! Have a nice weekend.


Friday, May 13, 2011

May 15 ,2011

The Joint Landowner Coalition of New York is holding a pro-drilling rally June 6 or 7 in Albany. They are providing 2 buses,110 seats to leave from Corning. The SCLOC is encouraging anyone who wants gas drilling to begin again in New York to contact any SCLOC members listed on the home page to save you a seat.

The JLCNY hosted a educational meeting on Natural Gas Development in Owego NY May12. Kenny Knowles, John Bloise, Jeff and Kathy Heller, Ed Blume, and I attended this very educational and organized meeting .The SCLOC thanks the JLCNY for their invitation and hospitality.

John Holko who owns a gas drilling company stated at the meeting that one well pad with six gas wells will generate over a million dollars worth of tax revenue for the town they are located in .If the town owns the land they can more than double that with royalty payments The wacko antis still claiming only the land owner will benefit from drilling.

Hope everyone has a good week. Neil
Thirty year news veteran and star of the Fox Business Channel weekly, hour long program Stossel will feature “Who Will Keep the Lights On?” this evening. The show features two high profile voices on the Marcellus with former Pa DEP Secretary John Hanger and the Commonwealth Foundation’s president and CEO Matt Brouillette. More than a dozen leading voices who have blasted hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development were invited to participate but declined, including Gasland director Josh Fox, which is mentioned during the broadcast that will air Thursday night and again Saturday and Sunday.
   Show is on 9PM Saturday and Midnight. Also on Sunday at 9PM. Neil

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Week of May 14, 2011
I would like to thank Dana and the SCLOC Executive committee for their confidence in me to manage the blog for the coalition. The SCLOC thanks Dana for his excellent management of the blog for the past three years.
I am Neil Vitale, a retired dairy farmer from Woodhull NY. My two sons operate the farm now. My wife is the manager of the Woodhull Community Bank NA. I have been a member of SCLOC for the past year, and have written many letters to the editor in our local papers supporting natural gas development in New York.
I am always open for suggestions in the blog content. You can reach me at the following phone number: 607-525-6482.
I will try to write a new blog every week unless we have some new breaking coalition news. Many people ask me what they can do to help bring natural gas drilling back to the Southern Tier. First, join and support your local coalition. They have a treasure-trove of information. Second, write personal letters to Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Marten. Third, support “The Pickens Plan“. The plan is to convert our transportation system to be powered by domestically produced natural gas, and not by economically destroying foreign oil.
Until next week,


Thursday, May 5, 2011