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Creation of the "Property Rights Protection Fund"


  • CNY is creating the "Property Rights Protection Fund" to fight town and village moratoriums.
  • With legal challenges in Otsego & Cortland Counties, this fund will initially fight the moratorium in the village of Oxford, Chenango County.
  • Make checks payable to the "Central New York Landowner's Coalition" mail to "Wilma Gorrell, 1393 Turnpike Rd. New Berlin, NY 13411."

Dear Friend of The Central New York Landowner's Coalition:

Our Property Rights Are Under Attack:
Most Villages and Towns within the Marcellus and Utica development zones are patiently waiting for New York State to perfect and implement what will be the toughest regulations on high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the world.  While we are getting closer to permitting, the pressure from the vocal minority, that mistakenly thinks it has nothing to gain from natural gas development, has caused some communities to give in to dangerous and clearly illegal bans and moratoriums.  These bans and moratoriums will have direct negative impacts on landowner's property rights and land values.  We have been paying taxes on the full value of our land and minerals and the blatant disregard of misguided municipalities seizing our minerals for free must be stopped.  Our coalition of landowners was the first group to bring the environment into this discussion and now, in addition, we are focused on protecting our property rights.

The "Property Rights Protection Fund":
To help us stand up to local bans and moratoriums we are asking that you donate to our "Property Rights Protection Fund." The legal challenge to the Binghamton moratorium was successful and your contribution of $20, $50 or $100 dollars will help us bring that success to areas of our coalition and show that the law is with us. Legal challenges can cost thousands of dollars which is why we need our full coalition to participate in this effort.

Since there are legal challenges in neighboring Otsego and Cortland counties, initially this fund will support a legal challenge to the moratorium efforts in the Village of Oxford, Chenango County.  This moratorium must be quickly defeated as it is being created to be a model for all villages and all towns. We must stop this now to keep it from creeping to your town, stripping your land rights and devaluing your land.

Your gift is quickly and critically needed as we must make a strong, legal statement to protect your rights as a landowner.  Make checks out to the "Central New York Landowner's Coalition" and mail them to: Wilma Gorrell 1393 Turnpike Road New Berlin, NY 13411.  The efforts of this new "Property Rights Protection Fund" will fight for your landowner rights whether your land is currently under lease or not.  We are too close to the finish line to let our rights be stripped away.

On Behalf of the Steering Committee;

Brian Conover

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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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