Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thanks Congressman Tom Reed

A few comments on the forum that Congressman Tom Reed sponsored on “Marcellus Shale Drilling in New York: Do The Benefits Outweigh The Risks?” At the Corning Library on Sept. 27. First, SCLOC-Steuben County Land Owner Coalition, thanks Congressman Tom Reed, Congressman Glen “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, Eugene Leff- Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, John Holko-President ,Lenape Resources ,Inc, Energy in Depth and all the coalition members who were at the forum for their support for gas drilling in New York. The anti drilling minority was there with misinformation and emotion as usual. The residents of New York who still have misgivings about the benefits outweighing the risks of drilling in the Marcellus Shale, should know these facts. The “State Environmental Quality Review Act”(SEQR) stated to protect the mineral rights of its citizens and to develop the natural gas in the Marcellus shale for the economic benefit of the state and nation. DEC was mandated by this act to develop environmental study and regulations that would enable the gas & oil industry to harvest this natural resource in a environmentally safe way. This is what SGEIS is (Supplement Generic Environmental Impact Statement). After millions of dollars of tax payer money and years of study by thousands of experts it is time to start drilling! Neil

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