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DEC Regional hearings - Together, we can move the DEC forward

Dear Friend of the CNY Landowner's Coalition and Natural Gas: 

This week the DEC will host regional public hearings on the Draft SGEIS and the future of gas development in New York State.  THERE IS NO WAY TO OVERSTATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT EVERY MEMBER OF OUR COALITION ATTEND A REGIONAL MEETING. 

The anti-gas activists will try to over whelm us to make the political statement that we don’t care and we don’t matter.  The dSGEIS has regulations that will make large parts of NY, if not the whole state, uncompetitive.  The fact exists that if those two situations are allowed to persist you may never have the opportunity to lease your land.  ONLY THE ACTIVE PRESENCE OF EACH OF US AT THESE HEARINGS CAN STOP THE EFFORTS OF OUR OPPOSITION AND SEND THE VISUAL MESSAGE THE DEC NEEDS TO HEAR!

For these reasons WE MUST generate the largest turnout of supporters yet to convey the undeniable message that we expect the dSGEIS to completed soon and in a way that keeps NY “open for business”.  Our coalition alone has nearly 2,500 households representing about 8,500 individuals.  WE MUST HAVE AT LEAST 1,500 PEOPLE ATTEND THESE EVENTS FROM THE CNY LANDOWNER'S COALITION ALONE. 

Choose a hearing location closest to you and please plan on attending.

•Wednesday Nov. 16:

Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY 14437 

•Thursday Nov. 17

The Forum Theatre, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901

NOTE: Since Binghamton is central to many coalitions, there will be special activities starting at 9:30 in the morning, a press conference at 10:00 AM, and events throughout the day.  So come early to link with your fellow coalitions.


•Tuesday Nov. 29

Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759


•Wednesday Nov. 30

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY, 10007


Comments will be accepted in written and oral format. Or you can sit silently to show your support.  All hearings will have an afternoon and an evening session from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, respectively.  However doors will open one hour before the start time to register speakers.  Lines are expected to form well before the doors open, so please show up early and stay late to show your support.   Go to this site (http://naturalgasnow.org/sgeis) to better understand the hearings and gain tips if you plan to comment.

It's getting near the finish line.  We can't slow down now, but must finish with a flourish. 

Together, we will accomplish more,

Brian Conover

On behalf of the steering committee



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There are 194,500 acres represented in the Coalition as of 8/18/2010. The latest gas offers in New York State are $3000/acre with 20% royalties.

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