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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

This is an urgent request for your help – the JLCNY plans to file its lawsuit on February 14, 2014!
The JLCNY's Article 78 Petition to compel the State to complete the SGEIS is almost ready to be filed. We plan to commence the action on February 14, 2014 making it returnable before the Court with the Norse Petition on March 7, 2014.

However, before we file, we need to raise an additional $18,000.

Our friends and supporters have done an amazing job pushing this effort forward with donations, scrap metal drives, coalition phone banks, etc. We are only $18,000 away from making this happen.

Your donations allowed us to prepare our action against the State. Our complaint was announced on November 11, 2013. On November 13 we were contacted by William Perry Pendley, Esq., president of Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley and the Foundation want to help!

The MSLF mission is to provide high-quality, effective legal representation for those who share its commitment to fight for the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, individual liberty, and the free enterprise system. During the Reagan Administration, William Perry Pendley served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he authored President Reagan's National Minerals Policy. MSLF attorneys have argued before the United States Supreme Court with a recent appearance by MSLF Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Steven J. Lechner on January 16, 2014.
MSLF has committed its resources to help the JLCNY protect landowner rights in New York. JLCNY's attorneys, Levene Gouldin & Thompson will serve as local counsel.

MSLF would like to start its work with the JLCNY by weighing in on the Article 78 proceeding commenced by the Norse bankruptcy trustee. MSLF believes that it can increase our chances of success by bringing the perspective of the JLCNY's 70,000 landowners to the Court's attention.

Please get the word out to all of our supporters. We must reach our fundraising goal within the next two weeks in order to file the action. Donations can be made payable to "Landowner Defense Fund" and mailed to:

PO Box 2839
Binghamton, NY 13902
Attention: Landowner Defense Fund
Donations can also be made by credit card by visiting the JLCNY's Landowner Defense Lawsuit webpage ( and clicking on the Landowner Defense Fund PayPal Link in the upper left hand corner.

The JLCNY is a 501(c)(6) non profit corporation. Contributions or gifts to the Landowner Defense Fund through the JLCNY are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Thank you for your continued support.

Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

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