Friday, September 23, 2011
Notes on the monthly meeting of the Political Action Committee 9/19/11. The first item of discussion was the creation of a brief report for the blog site of each month's meeting. The chairman discussed the idea that the overall situation is good for the landowners. Now that SGEIS is released we can only wait for the end of the 90 day comment period. For some of us a very serious effort must be made to not let the silly comments made by the anti's, the media, and some politicians, "get" to us. There is every reason to believe, at least right now, that Governor Cuomo sincerely wants this for New York - not to mention for his "legacy". The chairman, backed up by Ken Knowles, discussed our loss of one of the most interested groups in buying our leases. This party, after negotiating for months, and showing real interest in Steuben County, simply walked away. To make a long story short - they went to a state where they could start drilling now! These kinds of losses are devastating to most of us, but bear in mind that there are still other groups that are very interested in Steuben County leases. Another area of discusion was the increasing interest in the Utica Shale. Our County is very strong on the Utica. In fact we are much stronger in the Utica in terms of covering the entire county than in Marcellus. Other topics that were discussed more briefly included: - Rita Peters brought up Fracking with Propane - Elaine Swiler pointed out the possibility of much larger areas of coverage from a single well pad. ( Including up to 18 spokes off a single vertical drill with laterals out to 10,000 feet.) - attendance by some of our PAC members at the recent Southern Tier Economic Forum. ( when the meeting started with the statement that there would be No discussion of Marcellus , our people left!) - Tom Reed's town meeting was attended by Gordon Foster - there was no discussion of Marcellus. - Elaine brought up Tom Reed's speaking at the Gas Innovation meeting in Philadelphia. Congressman Reed is very much in our camp on this! - We will have representation at the Corning City Republican Party dinner in October. - Bill Lock pointed out the many pro-natural gas commercials appearing on TV recently. These are a very big help to our cause! - We had our monthly discussion on the Corning Leader with general agreement that while certainly not objective, it has improved on the editorial page. Some of our letters are getting published again. - Elaine brought up the South African company SASOL, which is investing $10billion in Louisiana on a plant to convert natural gas to diesel fuel. (Even the N.Y. Times covered this.) - Kenny reported on an energy company in Pa. that tests all water wells within a 5 mile radius before they start to drill. They find that up to 85% of existing water wells in that area have methane in them! They also find that a very large % are not putting out "safe" drinking water. Earlier Penn State studies showed more or less the same thing. Both conditions exist before any drilling! This kind of a policy applied in Dimock in 2008 probably would have saved us a lot of grief! - Mary Hickey reported on adding links on the SCLOC website for Yates, Schuyler, Chemung, and Allegheny Counties. These are to provide any help we can to those counties. All of us on the PAC would like all of our landowners to rest assured that we are still doing everything we can to protect all our interests on this issue. The chairman extends a special thank you to Linda Knowles for her fine minutes which were used as an outline for this report.