Monday, December 3, 2012

Letter to Governor Cuomo from the President of SCLOC

Governor Cuomo: In the words of a recent book title - " What the (Bleep) just happened?" I've been telling my PAC members for months that you could be believed when you said "This issue will be decided based on science and reason not politics and emotion. That promise showed some realism, some common sense intelligence. It's taken longer than it should have for us to come to the realization that you have been gaming everyone who would gain from gas drilling in New York. Hydraulic fracturing is "safe" in every state sitting on top of a shale play - that is every state except New York! Assuming that all the scientists in all those states' departments of environmental protection are not corrupted, it becomes obvious that the issue is ruled by politics in New York - not science and reason as you promised. As Governor you have to be aware of all the benefits being experienced in all those other states. You have to be aware of the fact that none of those states have stopped drilling - in spite of all the imaginary "devastation" all the wing nuts keep screaming about. Is it remotely possible that you can't see what is happening in Pennsylvania and Ohio? Is it possible you are not aware of the environmental benefits - yes benefits- that are already resulting from increased use of natural gas? Is it possible you are not aware of the huge tax revenue benefits that our towns, counties, and school districts would receive under Title V of our tax code? All the economics, science, and history overwhelmingly supports gas drilling. It has become obvious to many of us here in the Southern Tier that our governor has cast our interests to the wind, and decided that the environmental lobby is more important.Hollywood activists are more important than the "working stiffs" who live, and struggle, here in the Southern Tier. In fact we have no choice but to feel that you totally double-crossed us. You have crushed our interests, and our futures, in spite of your promise that science and reason would rule this issue. Science and reason have no role to play in Albany. It's all, purely, politics as usual! Jeff Heller 9565 Munson Road Bradford, N.Y. 14815 607-583-7820 President Steuben County Landowners Coalition (Representing over 205,120 acres in Steuben alone - including approximately 1700 families families - at least 6000 votes

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