& Oil Company interest in developing the Marcellus Shale Deposit
which underlies our entire area is potentially
the most transforming change to occur here in generations.
I have been involved with trying to bring information to our community
since even before taking office as the 9th District Broome County
Legislator. I organized an educational meeting with recognized
experts (Panel members included Matthew
Brower of the NYS Department of Ag & Markets; Christopher
Denton, an Elmira lawyer with considerable experience representing
the interests of land owners in gas-leasing disputes; and Ashur
Terwilliger, president of the Chemung County Farm Bureau)
as early as May of 2006
in the hopes that land owners would be better informed
and better positioned for any negotiations with potential gas
most of you are aware, since that time, our area has experienced
something of a natural gas rush.
have always maintained that it is essential that we do all in
our power to
MAXIMIZE THE BENEFITS for our community ECONOMICALLY while
THE DAMAGE to the environment-- BOTH the NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
and the SOCIAL one.
is crucial. To achieve our goals, we need to continute to educate
on this page, I include information for landowners and anyone
else interested to learn more, as well as news about my efforts
to bring information on a municipal level to be sure that our
infrastructure and natural resources are protected. I have also
provided links at the bottom of the page to some of the sites
targeted to educating our citizens.