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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Our complaint has already attracted a lot of positive attention. But some are calling it a publicity stunt. I can assure you that our attorneys did not spend over 300 hours working on a publicity stunt and we would not risk alienating our many contributors by using their donations for a mere publicity stunt. We are SERIOUS!

I'm sure you will see many efforts to discredit our lawsuit. Those are sure signs that we have struck a chord. The anti-gas extremists know that this is serious. Now we have to keep pressing forward with this effort.

Now more than ever, we need your support. Together we will succeed. Show the Governor and the anti-gas protestors that you back your rights and safe and responsible natural gas development 110%.

Support from all natural gas supporters will be crucial. Fund raising is still ongoing. 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. It is greatly needed and appreciated even more!

Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters, I am pleased to report that we have completed the complaint against New York for its failure to issue the SGEIS governing high volume hydraulic fracturing. The complaint can be viewed directly below or by visiting the JLCNY Landowner Defense Lawsuit Complaint webpage ( Our legal team has spent over 300 hours preparing the complaint. Their work included interviewing over a hundred potential plaintiffs, reviewing well permits and applications, researching legal theories, describing the half decade history of the State’s inaction, collecting supporting evidence and consulting with national experts. The complaint contains several legal theories giving landowners the best opportunity for success. Takings claims are brought under the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, § 7 of the New York State Constitution. In addition, the complaint alleges that the State has imposed an illegal moratorium, has failed to comply with the provisions of SEQRA, has deprived landowners of rights with relief requested under 42 USC § 1983 and has violated...
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This opinion resonates across all of those in the region who are struggling for survival and praying for natural gas extration with great faith and determinination. Alas the great god of money and priviledge is sadly in control of this issue, aided by the similarly privileged politicians whose interests do not expand beyond their own re-elections. JLCpulse

By Fred Siegel in the Opinion Section of The Wall Street Journal 11/8/2013

The energy bonanza has bypassed New York, where socialites and celebrities have come out in force to stop it.

The transformation of American liberalism over the past half-century is nowhere more apparent than in the disputes now roiling a relatively obscure section of upstate New York. In 1965, as part of his “war on poverty,” President Lyndon Johnson created the Appalachian Regional Commission. Among the areas to be served by the commission were the Southern Tier counties of New York state, including Broome, Tioga and Chemung. The commission’s central aim was to “Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.”

Like so many Great Society antipoverty programs, the effort largely failed. The Southern Tier counties remain much as they appeared in the 1960s, pocked by deserted farms and abandoned businesses, largely untouched by the prosperity that blessed much of America over the past five decades.

Beginning about a dozen years ago, remarkable improvements in natural-gas drilling by means of...


This is a wake up notice for all of those out there who ask "whats in it for me" about natural gas in New York. This moratorium lunacy is costing you and all New York residents, welfare funders through taxation, and politicians who seem to only be able to reconize reelection funds in their accounts , real money. Do the math folks, we could all be paying lower prices and cutting carbon emissions if there was not so much star gazing and day dreaming going on around us.JLCpulse

By November 05, 2013 in BloombergBusinessWeek

Of all the weird stuff that must have happened in New York City on Halloween, perhaps the strangest thing occurred in the energy markets. On Oct. 31, natural gas prices in Manhattan were nearly 40¢ cheaper than in Louisiana. That hasn’t happened in eight years.

Consumers in the Northeast and New England typically pay some of the country’s highest prices for natural gas, especially in the winter, when heating demand spikes. During a cold spell last January, the price of natural gas delivered to New York City hit a record high; it cost more than gas delivered across most of Asia, where prices are often triple what they are in the U.S.



Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

The JLCNY continues to support landowners and their rights to have their natural gas safely and responsibly developed. Last week a brief was filed in regards to the Dryden and Middlefield cases where landowners are standing up against town bans on natural gas development. This was an important step in the landowners appeal to the state's highest court.

Attached is the final version of the brief. The remaining schedule for the appeal is:

Respondent's opposition brief due on December 16, 2013.
Appellant's reply brief due on January 6, 2014.
We expect argument to be scheduled in the spring of 2014.
The decisions should be rendered prior to the end of June, 2014.

Amicus parties should be prepared to file their motion and brief in January.

This is just one example of how the JLCNY is fighting for landowners' rights. We're still pressing forward wtih the DeFacto Takings lawsuit against New York. In that case the biggest obstacle we face is raising the funds needed to advance the case. Please consider contributing to this important case that will put pressure directly on Governor Cuomo to allow Natural Gas to be developed in NY sooner rather than later.

Donations for the DeFacto Takings lawsuit can be made payable to “Landowner Defense Fund” and mailed to...

Attention: Landowner Defense Fund
PO Box...



Sparking an energy revolution that has been extolled as the savior of America's decaying industrial heartland as well as the provider of jobs and lower natural gas prices, perhaps the most striking thing about fracking is that the public is still — at best — conflicted about it.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a technique in which water is mixed with chemicals and sand and is injected at high pressure to allow for the release of pressurized gas and petroleum into nearby wells.

Fracking supports an estimated 1.7 million U.S. jobs and that should grow to 3.5 million jobs by 2035, according to a 2012 study by research company IHS Global Insight. Employment includes the drilling centers of the Eagle Ford formation in Texas, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the Bakken formation in Montana, North Dakota and parts of Canada.


9:09am EST November 1, 2013

by Katie Brown
[email protected], Washington, D.C.

A new draft report published this week by Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the UK’s Department of Health, has concluded that the public health risks from shale development are low.

Ironically PHE’s report comes just months after anti-fracking activists in the UK staged a summer of aggressive protests. They camped out for days at an exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, got themselves arrested, paraded around with face masks and pipeline costumes, and displayed signs exclaiming “Fracking kills: Don’t bore Balcome to death” and “


Many Coalition members have asked how to vote on the upcoming Six State Propositions (Proposals).  Here's a perspective on Proposal Number One.  Christopher Denton is an attorney that represents several of our coalitions.

Gambling - Chris Denton

Chris Denton
Oil and gas lease attorney, Elmira, New York

New York Southern Tier residents are gambling with their future if they support the gambling question on the ballot in November, which, if passed, will give Gov. Cuomo the excuse he needs to halt natural gas development rather than just sit on it.

Governor Cuomo has announced more than once that he strongly supports casino gambling in upstate New York.  He has gone so far as to alter the language on the ballot to make the Constitutional Amendment appear as a jobs bill with nothing but blue sky and sunshine in the future.  Nowhere does he admit, discuss or acknowledge the years of research and experience that show that


The midtown New York City skyline (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

The midtown New York City skyline (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

The US shale revolution has reached the Big Apple, where on Nov. 1 the first gas pipeline in 40 years will be completed in its meatpacking district. While politicians and firms are hungry for cheap gas, residents fear fracking and eco-damage.

The cheaper gas will run from the Marcellus shale field in Pennsylvania to about 2 million homes in Manhattan.

The $1.2 billion pipeline, built by Houston-based Spectra Energy, will supply an estimated 800 million cubic feet a day of gas from the country’s fastest growing gas deposit, in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere across the Hudson River, into Manhattan, the Financial Times...


If New York State needs an economic boost, it could, if it were so inclined, join in the natural-gas renaissance that is buoying the economies of states such as Texas and Pennsylvania — creating high-paying jobs across the skills spectrum and producing real wealth that benefits the gas-producing regions and the nation as a whole. But Governor Andrew Cuomo, skittish about fracking, will have none of that. Instead, he is pinning the state’s hopes of economic development on what may very well be the least productive form of economic activity known to modern man: casino gambling.

In November, Empire State voters will be asked to consider a ballot proposal with ridiculously tendentious wording — “authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated.” In a rare moment of agreement with the New York Times editorial board, we believe the measure should be rejected.

The proposal as worded is in effect an argument against itself. New York, especially the economically bleak upstate region, could indeed use something that would promote job growth, a more sensible revenue regime, and lower property...


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Joint Landowners Coalition of NY
PO Box 2839
Binghamton, NY 13902