The Joint Landowner’s Coalition of NY has put out a plea for donations. Drilling in New York may not happen unless landowners can generate enough noise to break through the resistance in Albany. Here is the letter reproduced in full from the JLCNY:
A Message from the JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons – April 27, 2010
Fellow Landowners – I don’t have to tell you we have much at stake. But I do need to sound an alarm: the time for us to act is NOW. We are organized. We are prepared. And although we have worked intensely over the last two plus years, we are outmanned, outspent, outmaneuvered. We need to step up our game, and we have a plan to get it done. But we desperately need your financial support. Some of you have given generously financially. Some of you have poured blood, sweat and tears into this effort. And some of you will make your first donation right now. We need as much as you can afford to give to fund our efforts to:
Hire professionals in Albany who can represent us and make sure our voices are not drowned out by the better-funded extremists. These professionals can open doors, cut through clutter and red-tape for us and focus us on the most effective strategy for being heard where it counts.
Get the word out: you’ve heard the same arguments I hear: more people are against drilling than are for it. We know that’s not true – but we have to erase that perception. The best way to do that is to blanket our area with lawn signs, drown our airwaves with pro-drilling ads, promote speakers at public forums who can support our issues with facts, erect billboards with clear messages, etc.
Continue to support landowners. In some respect, the work begins when the moratorium is lifted and leases are signed. Who will advocate for landowners in their negotiations and relations with energy companies? Who will be a watchdog with the regulatory agencies? Who will make sure we have the best and latest information on and about the industry and the technology surrounding us? Landowners will need the JLC more and more as time goes by and as the stakes continue to rise. We cannot sustain it without your support.
We are seeking support from a number of channels: from corporations and industry; from foundations and other organizations who may provide grants for our work; from local business and farm organizations. But the most important support we need RIGHT NOW is from you. Please give what you can today – $10, $20, $100, $500 or more. See if your company has a matching donation program – or if you know of any other source you can approach for us – please do. Use PAYPAL on our website: JLCNY.org or send a check to:
PO Box 2839
Binghamton, NY 13902
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We will get there, but only if we stay together on this.