Congratulations and Good Job to Natural Gas Supporters!
Dear Coalition Leaders, Landowners, Union Leaders, Union Members, Business Leaders, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere!
All of you deserve a great big pat on the back!
Working hard together we're having an impact. We've held off any assembly vote on a moratorium so far, we overwhelmed the anti-gas forces with emails in support of Broome County resolution 72, we've overwhelmed the anti-gas forces with emails in support of the Laser Pipeline Application before the PSC, and now the Wall Street Journal has the article found below the line at the end of this email.
We are having some success and we can feel good about that!
Still there is a lot left to do though.
We still need to keep letting the PSC know that we support the Laser Pipeline application. The dead line is this Friday, October 29th. Tell them that:
You are offering your comments in regards to Cases 10-G-0462 and 10-T-0350 for the DMP and Laser Gas Pipeline.
You completely support developing NY's natural gas.
The pipeline is an important part of the infrastructure needed to do that.
Therefore you support the pipeline completely!
That you are requesting that the PSC approve the application.
And here's how to tell them...
There are six options for public input. See below the commenting options for resources to help you prepare comments. Supporters are encouraged to use all six options. If that is too much to ask then the first two are the preferred options.
(1) Call the Commission's Opinion Line: 800-335-2120.
Your comments should refer to "Cases 10-T-0350 & 10-G-0462, DMP and Laser Gas Pipeline"
(2) Send a fast and convenient prewritten email via the JLCNY website at:
Remember, the dead line is this Friday, October 29th. Until then keep pouring it on!
The election is next week, so we need to keep the pressure on to get our supportive candidates elected and be sure to vote. Keep pouring it on!
After the election we need to focus on keeping the moratorium from being voted on or from passing if they have the nerve to introduce it in a lame duck session. Keep calling the legislators who we asked you to call. In case you don't have that list, here it is again...
Please circulate and distribute this to anyone and everyone you know! Do not assume that they have received this from anyone else!
Please call all of the following Assembly Members at all of their numbers and email them. Express to them that you are opposed to Assembly Bill A11443B. That bill proposes to suspend the issuance of permits to hydrualically fracture wells in NYS until May 15, 2011. It is sponsored by Assemblyman Sweeney and is identical to the Senate S8129B bill sponsored by Sen. Thompson that was passed by the Senate in August. Also express to them that you support safe and responsible development of NY's Natural Gas as soon as possible.
Cahill, Kevin A.CahillK@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 713Governor Clinton Bldg. Suite G-4
Albany, NY 122481 Albany Ave
518-455-4436Kingston, NY 12401
Hyer-Spencer, JaneleHyerSpencerD@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 6287606 5th Avenue
Albany, NY 12248Brooklyn, NY 11209
586 Midland Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
Kolb, Brian M.KolbB@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 933607 West Washington St.
Minority Leader Albany, NY 12248Suite 2
518-455-3751 Geneva, NY 14456
Lupardo, Donna A.LupardoD@assembly.state.ny.usRoom 557Binghamton State Office Building
Legislative Office Building17th Floor
Albany, NY 12248Binghamton, NY 13901
Magee, WilliamMageeW@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 828214 Farrier Avenue
Albany, NY 12248Oneida, NY 13421
Russell, Addie J.RussellA@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 325Jefferson County District Office
Albany, NY 12248Dulles State Office Building, Suite 210
518-455-5545317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
St. Lawrence County District Office
70 Main Street, Suite One
Canton, NY 13617
Silver, SheldonSpeaker@assembly.state.ny.usLOB 932250 Broadway
Assembly SpeakerAlbany, NY 12248Suite 2307
518-455-3791New York, NY 10007
Stirpe, AlStirpeA@assembly.state.ny.usRoom 4305711 South Bay Road
Legislative Office BuildingCicero, NY 13039
Albany, NY 12248315-452-1115
Please call Mr. Cuomo at all three of the numbers listed and email him. Express your support for the DEC, the dSGEIS, and safe, responsible drilling.
A. Cuomowww.ag.ny.gov – See contact Attorney 212-416-8000
General via Internet or
Andrew M. Cuomo
Albany, NY 12224
Please call Governor Paterson at both numbers listed and email him. Ask the Governor to urge the DEC to complete and release the SGEIS as soon as possible. Also express to him that you support safe and responsible development of NY's Natural Gas as soon as possible.
Governor D. Patersonwww.state.ny.us/governor - See contact518-474-4246
David A. Paterson
Albany, NY 12224
If you find that any phone numbers are not effective, simply discontinue calling that number.
To simplify the emailing effort you can go to the JLCNY website where you will find Email Actions (http://www.jlcny.org/site/index.php?option=com_letters) for these key people and others. Also, if you wish you can send regular mail letters to all of the addresses provided.
After the election we'll be sending some new numbers for calling and emailing out. Until then POUR IT ON!!!
Thanks so much for your help and enthusiasm and again "GOOD JOB TO ALL OF YOU!"
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition New York, Inc.
UPDATE:New York Congressman's Lead Slips As Gas-Drilling Fight Heats Up
(Updates with comment from Rep. Hinchey's campaign, including data on Hinchey's own internal polls.)
Wall Street Journal -- 10/21/10, 6:00pm - By Siobhan Hughes Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
A longtime Democratic congressman is facing a tough re-election, partly because some voters in one of the poorest parts of New York State see his careful approach to gas drilling as an obstacle to financial gain.
In 2008, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D., N.Y.) won his seat in a landslide, picking up 66% of the vote over Republican challenger George Phillips. The race between the two men this time around is a dead heat, according to internal polling by Phillips that a month ago put Hinchey at seven percentage points ahead. Political website Real Clear Politics on Thursday downgraded Hinchey's chances, putting his seat into the "leans Democratic" category from "likely Democratic."
Internal polling by Hinchey's campaign says the congressman has a lead of 19 percentage points -- based on what the staff says is more accurate polling. Even so, the lure of hundreds of millions of dollars for leases -- including $350 million alone to one group of landowners -- is the deciding factor for some voters in cash-poor but gas-rich parts of New York. They see Hinchey, who helped push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the effect on drinking water of a relatively new technique for gas drilling, as a barrier to better economic times.
"He's against drilling and I told him to his face that I would do everything in my power to make sure that he never gets re-elected," said Inge Grafe-Kieklak, who describes herself as a Sullivan County homemaker who voted for Hinchey in 2008. With more than 180 acres of land to lease and a 22% decline in revenue from her husband's outdoor-advertising business over the last year, "Mr. Hinchey doesn't understand with his actions he hurts everybody."
Bill Graby, a dairy farmer who is the co-head of a landowners group that owns about 70,000 acres and hopes to negotiate for payments of about $5,000 an acre, or a total $350 million, agrees. "This is the first time in my life that I will ever vote a straight Republican ticket," he said. He voted for Hinchey two years ago.
"About 90% of the farmers -- we live in poverty," Graby said, explaining that he is paid 90 cents for each gallon of milk while costs to feed his cows are rising. "How much more can the person that wants to live here and run a business take? We are carrying everything."
In Sullivan County, in the Catskill Mountains in the southern part of New York State about 75 miles northwest of New York City, the average annual pay is about $35,000, according to Labor Department data.
The animosity is a far cry from the accolades that Hinchey received in Binghamton, New York, in September, when the EPA held a forum on its plans to study the effect of gas drilling on drinking water. Hinchey received cheers and applause after a speech in which he called hydraulic fracturing -- one of the key techniques that allows access to vast supplies under the Marcellus Shale formation, which extends from Ohio and West Virginia into southern New York -- a "harm-causing drilling technique."
But it wasn't clear that the audience matched his voting base. People who have a second home in the district -- but vote elsewhere -- attended the forum, as did environmentalists and pro-drilling advocates from outside of the district. In Broome County, the home to Binghamton, there are 42,532 registered Democrats and 43,330 registered Republicans, with some 18,890 people not registered in support of either party, according to the county board of elections.
In an interview on Thursday, Phillips said that his campaign is seeing "strong support in the Binghamton area."
Earlier this week, Phillips visited a Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) gas-drilling operation in Pennsylvania and saw "jobs everywhere, people building roads, construction workers."
He concluded that drilling in New York's shale region could be done safely and produce "a boon for our economy," while subjecting drilling to EPA safe-drinking water regulations as Hinchey has proposed would "delay the process."
The race has become so competitive that former U.S. President Bill Clinton flew into the district to shore up support for Hinchey. Meanwhile, American Crossroads, the organization formed by Republican strategist Karl Rove, last week poured almost $300,000 into the race -- about as much as Phillips raised in the total campaign.
Phillips's visit to the Chesapeake facility came one month after Pennsylvania environmental regulators ordered Chesapeake to inspect the well casings of 171 gas wells in the state after methane was discovered leaking from six wells in Bradford County. The wells weren't yet producing gas and though they had been drilled, the company hadn't yet started to crack open the gas containing rock by using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
Hinchey spokesman Jeff Lieberson said that "it's not fair to point at any one thing" as evidence of the risks of gas drilling, but said that the activity needs oversight because "you only get one shot at getting this right."
He also said that people living in the southern tier of New York would recognize the benefits of keeping Hinchey in place on the House Appropriations Committee, a slot the lawmaker has used to steer federal money to defense companies in the district and to alternative energy projects.