NY LANDOWNERS AFFIRM DEC DECISION TO REJECT CALLS FOR SPECIAL INTEREST HEALTH STUDY
Landowners Urge Governor Cuomo to Avoid More Delays and to Issue Science-Based SGEIS Guidelines
September 21, 2012 – Binghamton, NY— The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) welcomed the decision by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to reject calls for an independent health study. The DEC has been studying the impacts of natural gas development using high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing for nearly four years. Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said the final decision would be based on science and facts and that a decision on guidelines would be coming soon.
“The outright rejection by the DEC of a delay tactic sought by special interests harboring extreme views opposing any natural gas development is good news,”said Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the JLCNY, representing over 77,000 New York landowners. “This position renews our faith that the long stated intentions of the Governor to lead, based on the facts will prevail even while biased groups recycle myths and distortions about natural gas development. As people who would host this activity on our land, we have investigated the practices and participated for years in recommending safeguards that will allow us to utilize our resources and protect our land, air and water. The State has the expertise to properly regulate this industry. These outright hostile attacks by special interest groups must be refused and the final guidelines issued, demonstrating that New York is open for business.”
“This is the right decision,”said Brian Conover, president of the Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNY), the JLCNY’s largest coalition, representing over 215,000 acres. “The next step is to ensure that the review the DEC initiates is done expeditiously and is mindful of the long-term delays we have experienced that have cost us dearly – both as a state and as individuals. We cannot afford to sacrifice tens of thousands of jobs that represent the survival of our region’s economy. Governor Cuomo has no greater opportunity to create new jobs and economic prosperity than by issuing clear statewide natural gas development rules. Even leaders as varied as President Obama, Governor Romney and Mayor Bloomberg recognize that natural gas development is a vital component to our energy and economic future and benefits our environment.”