Saturday, October 29, 2011
It's time for all Steuben County residents who own land in New York to attend one or all of the DEC hearings that are listed on the SCLOC home page! We have struggled for over 3 years and faced many obstacles and it is time for the State of New York to allow landowners in New York their state constitutional rights and enjoy the financial rewards of their mineral rights, stated in New York Environmental Conservation Law. Make your position clear at these hearings, that this abuse of our property rights has come to an end, this year. In 2012, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking will finally begin. When this happens all residents of New York State will benefit from job creation, lower energy costs, better schools, infrastructure repair, lower property taxes and overall better quality life for everyone in the State. See you at the DEC hearings. Thank you. Neil.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The monthly PAC meeting was held at Thurston at 7PM on Wednesday 10/17. The meeting began with a roundtable discussion on what the landowners' response should be to the SGEIS report, and in connection with that what our approach should be to the DEC hearing in Dansville on November 16. The general conclusion was that while we need to be aware of concerns about some of the restrictions in the SGEIS report, we need above all to remain supportive of the DEC. Since we can now actually see the permitting process beginning in the near future, we don't want to do anything that might slow that process down. The DEC hearing in Dansville becomes a very important interest for the landowners mainly in the sense that we need a strong presence there. There will be media coverage there and we don't want them to be able to say that the Anti's dominated the two sessions. The PAC will be doing everything it can to boost landowners attendance. The two sessions are at 1PM and 6PM in the Dansville Middle School Auditorium. Neil Vitale is working with the JLC (Joint Landowners Coalition) on issues of concern to the Landowners in the SGEIS. Jeff Heller, representing the SCLOC, is to be the "moderator" for a series of Industry informational meetings in the western half of the state. One of the meetings will be in Corning on Dec. 6 at 6PM at the Southeast Steuben County Library. In the now monthly chairman's "situation report" it was stressed that it is overwhelmingly positive now - for the first time in three years. We are fairly confident that Governor Cuomo is in favor of drilling - for both political and economic reasons. Martens has been very strong in his defense of SGEIS and the DEC rep at Congressman Reed's meeting in Corning was very effective at countering the Anti's charges against drilling. These are the people that will decide whether we finally get drilling in N.Y. For the first time in three years it looks like they openly favor drilling. A point of interest that should be of interest to N.Y. is the Pa. Dept. of Labor and Industry report that now puts the number of state jobs directly connected to the gas industry at 214,000 statewide. Of course it is comforting to know that N.Y. does not need those kind of jobs.
Friday, October 14, 2011
I would encourage land owners of the Southern Tier to read the 2011 Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, that can be found on the New York DEC website. This 1500 page document is very technical and some parts are not an easy read. Many of us have busy lives and do not have the time to review this entire manuscript, it would behoove any land owner to review Chapter Nine-Alterative Actions, it’s not a voluminous chapter, it does specify in precise language why natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing will happen in New York State in the very near future! Neil.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
It’s Time for New York to Listen to T. Boone Pickens- Four Members of the Steuben County Land Owner Coalition attended on September 30th, an event at Williamsport PA. Community Arts Center, the topic was- Powering Our Future: A Conversation with T. Boone Pickens. One very insightful comment Mr. Pickens articulated was that drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas shale plays in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma ,Alaska, Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah, California, Alabama, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and thirty-two other countries will provide cheap energy that will foster a second industrial revolution! This will create millions of private sector jobs in our country. It was a little uncomfortable listening to this being from New York which is sitting on top of the largest gas and oil shale play in the world and not participating in helping our country to be come energy independent. This will help create a second industrial revolution with inexpensive energy to power our transportation vehicles, industry, manufacturing, agriculture and to lower every citizen’s utility cost. Ithaca NY and Williamsport PA are similar communities in size with populations of 30,000 each with per capita income of $19,000, both have heavy student populations. Ithaca is a city with cumulative wealth but Williamsport is a community aspiring to the American dream. Williamsport is achieving this dream. Williamsport’s GDP grew by 8% in 2010, ranking it 7th in the nation of the 366 Metro areas . Ithaca gained only 1% and it is ranked 252 in the nation. Four years ago, Williamsport was facing a bleak future being a member of the rust belt. At that time Ithaca’s economy was $169 million larger than Williamsport’s economy. In 2010 Williamsport economy had a $43 million advantage over Ithaca NY due to the natural gas companies and those companies that service them. T.Boone Pickens stated that this gas play in Pennsylvania will last from 50 to 100 years. It is time for Ithaca New York to listen to T Boone Pickens not Tony Ingraffea. Neil Vitale- Steuben County Land Owners Coalition