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Listen Up Governor Cuomo: Upstate Lives Matter

fracked gas- Bryant LaTouretteBryant La Tourette
Chenango County, New York Businessman and Landowner

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Upstate lives matter: This is what Bryant La Tourette recently told his town board. He gave a presentation on then and now as it pertains to their economy.

Just four years ago our local hardware store had its best year, in the face of many mom and pops shutting down. Another company that installed all types of truck accessories, dump truck bodies, snow plows etc. also had a great year in sales. A metal fabricating company located in our town had a great year as well. Even my printing business, for the first time in 4 years, showed an uptick.

One of our large farms was in the process of negotiating a lease with a well. This would save the farm and catch up on back taxes. Other farms were selling hay. Hay prices went up due to demand. Construction companies and contractors were hiring. One of our local eateries had added a motel and had plans drawn up to expand.

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Remove Our Shackles Governor Cuomo!

secedeSandra Davis
Delaware County, New York Resident

The decision to ban fracking by Governor Cuomo has hurt the families in the southern tier who are just trying to make a living. One landowner Sandra Davis questions “Why are we still New Yorkers?”

Good Afternoon I’m Sandra Davis! I am the secretary for the Deposit Gas Group, a member of Landowner Advocates of New York, Women’s Energy Leadership Coalition and recently I joined Divide New York State Caucus as the county leader for Delaware and Otsego County.

I grew up 15 miles from here on a dairy farm in Deposit. I chose to move back to New York 13 years ago to plant my roots and now I am raising my family here. As an American I feel that it is my right and my obligation to defend our property rights, gun rights and as a mother of three boys I feel the need to fight common core.

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What It Would Mean To Me to Secede From New York

secedeSandra Davis
Delaware County, New York Resident

This is a letter written by Sandra Davis on July 4th to her local legislators stating her reasons she wants to secede from New York to Pennsylvania.

Today is Independence Day, the day our great nation became free to govern itself, by the people for the people…or so we think!

My name is Sandra Davis. I have been a resident of New York State pretty much all my life. I was born here, I grew up on a dairy farm in Delaware county and I currently reside five miles from my family’s farm. It was my choice to start a family here, but I do not want to continue to raise my children here.

The area that I love and call home has been condemned to poverty by Albany and the City of New York. If only I did not have to physically leave my home, I could just secede to Pennsylvania, which at this point has so much more to offer my family. Of course I am not arriving empty handed we have 55 acres with mineral rights.

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A Tale of Two Counties: The Fracking Difference

Dr. Michael Morrongiello
Psychologist and Steuben County Landowner

 

The recent history of two counties, one in New York State and the other in Pennsylvania, tells us everything about fracking and the fracking difference.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the spring of hope in Bradford County, PA; it was the winter of despair in Steuben County, NY. These two beautiful, mostly rural counties, separated by only 21 miles, are economically worlds apart.

Taxes, regulations and the ban on gas development are killing Steuben County. A family of four would save $1,389 in yearly taxes by moving to Pennsylvania. Gas development has been an economic game-changer for Bradford County.

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Andy Cuomo’s Emperor State

Upstate New York - Dana KnowlesDana Knowles
Steuben County Land Owners Coalition

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Dana Knowles sends New York’s Governor Andy Cuomo a letter asking for his state back and offering him the option of keeping his Emperor State all to himself.

Dear Andy,

I finally figured out what has gone wrong with you and our “Empire State.” You thought that you were running for “The Emperor State.” We in upstate did not vote for you no matter what you thought. Please give us our Empire State back. You can have your Emperor State of NYC where they used to love you.

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Wolf Overreaches with Severance Tax

fracking - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Overreaching seems to be the order of the day from government these days as the EPA and Governor Tom Wolf both shoot for the stars and hit themselves in the feet, particularly in the case of Wolf’s severance tax.

After months of discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its new rule on what constitutes “water” under the Clean Water Act.  The rule attempts to clarify whether small streams and tributaries that appear and disappear throughout the year due to rain, snowmelt, etc. come under the auspices of the Act.  According to the Obama Administration, approximately 60% of America’s streams are seasonal or temporary and one third of Americans get their drinking water from public utilities accessing these waterways.

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Southern Tier Sacrificed at Altar of Political Correctness

fracking - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The New York SGEIS release, combined with the latest economic news from the Southern Tier, shows a region sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

After seven years, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released its final, 2,000 page Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) concerning hydraulic fracturing. To no one’s surprise, the environmental review incorporates and confirms the New York State Department of Health report that “significant uncertainty” exists over whether safety measures could adequately protect public health, including impacts to air, water, soil and community character.

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The “No Conflict of Interest” Fractivist Scam

environmental justiceTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Fractivists have long exploited faux “peer reviews” to justify junk science and now they’ve been caught with their pants down on “no conflict of interest.”

Our friends at Energy In Depth (EID) have scored with a huge expose of what is common practice among fractivists: their outright deceit regarding who’s behind their junk science. They have long manipulated the “peer review” process to cast undeserved credibility on themselves and have repeatedly and falsely declared “no conflict of interest” when they are more conflicted than a cat guarding a bird cage.

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Stall New York: King Cuomo’s Castle Starts Crumbling

environmental justiceTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

King Cuomo’s castle is starting to crumble as others eager to succeed him see weakness and point out “Start-Up New York” is more like “Stall New York.”

Fred Dicker, the fearless reporter at the New York Post, was the first to announce it with this story, and New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli followed through the next day with the evidence of what everyone in the know has observed; Start-Up New York was nothing but an opportunity for the state’s governor to run taxpayer-funded political ads promoting a completely ineffective economic program. Start-Up New York has been an abysmal failure and a damned poor substitute for gas drilling. It was also a stall tactic employed to hide the fact Cuomo didn’t have much to offer upstate voters to fix their stalled economy because he couldn’t afford to offend a ruling class that has a bull ring in his nose.

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JLCNY Seeks Support for Property Rights

JLCNY property RightsDan Fitzsimmons
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.


The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) is seeking support for property rights legislation crafted by Congressman Tom Reed. 

Our rally to show our support for landowner rights and NG development in New York on Saturday, April 18 was a huge success! More than 250 landowners and Union Tradesmen showed up in Painted Post NY to voice their support of our fundamental rights. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer videographer we now have videos posted on our website so everyone can see and hear just how great it was!

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