New York Landowners Call to Action – Another Sneak Attack Bill in NY Legislature Attempts to Stop Drilling

MDN received the following email from the Central New York Landowner’s Coalition encouraging New Yorkers who want to see gas drilling to get on the phone and call to express your opposition to (yet another) bill that would kill drilling in New York. MDN encourages those of like mind to call.


OPPOSITION’S ATTEMPT TO SNEAK A BILL THROUGH: NYS Senator Antoine Thompson has just introduced a bill to the NYS Encon Committee, which he chairs, that would ban any hydraulic fracturing activity in NYS for one year – which is certain to be followed up by subsequent moratoriums in future years. THIS BILL HAS THE SAME LONG-TERM AGENDA AS THE OTHERS AND IS NOT A COMPROMISE!!! If this passes, we can forget about leasing for years to come and we can be certain that any gas company who might be waiting for the DEC to release the SGEIS will give up & head elsewhere.

WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL SO FAR: Our rally, emails and phone calls have derailed the bills that would all-out ban or impose a 2-3 year moratorium on gas drilling in NY. We can defeat this bill if we all work together! And with one full week left before the Albany Politicians go to summer recess, this week requires our biggest push ever.

Because it’s too late to email or write letters, your coalition committee will be calling and we need 125 additional callers after 9am on Monday to voice your opposition to this moratorium with us. The Encon committee meets Monday afternoon, so it is best if your call reaches them by then. WHEN YOU HAVE CALLED, EMAIL US AT [email protected] and let us know. We’ll keep the website updated with our tally for the day.


Albany Phone

Thompson, Antoine M.
Ph: 518-455-3371

Oppenheimer, Suzi
Ph: 518-455-2031

Schneiderman, Eric T.
Ph: 518-455-2041

Parker, Kevin S.
Ph: 518-455-2580

Serrano, Jose M.
Ph: 518-455-2795

Perkins, Bill

Stewart-Cousins, Andrea
Ph: 518-455-2585

Foley, Brian X.
Ph: 518-455-2303

Marcellino, Carl L.
Ph: 518-455-2390

Leibell, Vincent L.
Ph: 518-455-3111

Johnson, Owen H.
Ph: 518-455-3411

Little, Elizabeth O’C.
Ph: 518-455-2811

Young, Catharine M.
Ph: 518-455-3563

Padavan, Frank
Ph: 518-455-3381


POSSIBLE CONVERSATION: (Not everything below needs to be mentioned. The main thing is the first sentence!)
“Good Morning (afternoon); I am calling to express my full opposition to the bill being presented by Senator Thompson to the Encon Committee further delaying safe Natural Gas Drilling in NY. Our New York State DEC has successfully monitored, studied and regulated hydraulic fracturing in our state for nearly 2 decades. In additional to this, they have put thousands of man hours into their current SGEIS which will make New York the safest state in our nation for natural gas development. Also, the federal EPA has already studied hydraulic fracturing on numerous occasions and has never found a single instance of underground water contamination by this drilling process. And with the current EPA study, there was never a federal consideration of a ban. This bill appears to be a mere political ploy to create an additional, needless moratorium before the DEC’s latest regulations are even being released. I am asking that you trust the scientists of the DEC who have already created a safe track record for drilling in NY. We have already been forced to wait 2 years so I respectfully ask that this committee not create needless long-term delays to this essential economic push for upstate NY.”

Many additional talking points are posted on the website of the Joint Landowner’s Coalition ( Don’t worry about being eloquent – JUST CALL EVERYONE ON THAT LIST!! We can’t count on anyone else to call for us – you need to pick up the phone and do this for yourself, your family, your community and your state.

Counting on YOU!

Brian Conover

  • “And with the current EPA study, there was never a federal consideration of a ban.”

    So why is the EPA doing the study at all if it’s so safe?

    “trust the scientists of the DEC who have already created a safe track record for drilling in NY.”

    So why did the state employees union to which these scientists belong say back in December that the DEC should scrap what it’s done and begin all over again?

  • DBO

    When will enough “studies” be enough? Not until one of them arrives at the results the antis are looking for. We could conduct years of study all the way to the good Lord himself and if they all came to the conclusion that drilling was safe none of them would be accepted as “complete” by the antis. To answer the question above… the EPA is doing the study to verify it is safe for all you naysayers… “the federal EPA has already studied hydraulic fracturing on numerous occasions and has never found a single instance of underground water contamination by this drilling process”.

  • jmw4164

    Current events make apparent that neither the technology nor the drillers are ready for prime time. The same is true for local governments who will bear the brunt of the industrialization that is part and parcel of fracking. The longer the moratorium the better. You all will still get your money.

  • John Allen

    How about they pay us for the money we lose by not drilling.

  • Philip Riff

    We need to start gas drilling in N.Y. .The people of N.Y. are haveing enought troble paying there bills,the drilling would boost our economy.We didnt get any raise in our S.S. for 2 years, how are we going to live with no money.The govertment needs to think of us for a change and how we are going to make ends meet. START DRILLING please.

  • Nevetshnt

    Why do we have people in NYC dictating our rights as land owners in the southern tier deciding our future. Why can’t they take the word of experts in the field of geology, hydrology and the EPA and NYSDEC on the scientific facts about hydrofracing? PA. has been doing this for 3+ yrs. now. I know that there are risks of contaminating wells, but this is not caused by hydrofracing. It is from surface spills and ground water contamination. I believe that it CAN be done safely. There are more toxic chemicals flushed down the toilet in the Ny state everyday than the fracing process would have over a long period of time. Look at NYC’s rivers, virtual cesspools that I think they should be worried about. Oh yeah, Sh#t runs down hill.
    As a land owning tax payer I believe that I have the right to my mineral rights. I bet these anti drilling goombas burn as much NG as the next person and to think I help pay there sorry asses
    salaries. Get a life , clean up your owm back yard.

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