Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PAC meeting update

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.

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