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Local Coalition Meetings and Industry Interest.

Our Next Step: Important Regional Meetings
Updating You on Regional Meetings and Industry Interest

Our Summer Accomplishments:
As we mentioned in our May and June newsletters, this Summer and Fall were going to be big months to increase our voice in politics and increase our contiguous acreage in our coalition range.  Here are some of the things we have accomplished together and what is coming in the near future.

  1. June – July:  A Tremendous Political Push Locally and in Albany.  Our coalition joined with the Joint Landowner’s Coalition to attend a political rally in Albany and send thousands of emails, phone calls and faxes to our state legislators, urging them to support natural gas and our landowner rights.
  1. July:   A Strategic Merger with the Oxford Coalition.  July brought this special merger with our coalition and the Oxford coalition, previously under the leadership of Bryant LaTourette.  This merger nicely fills in our coalition maps as well as gives each coalition more negotiating power. 
  1. August:  Booths at Local County Fairs.  You helped us staff booths at the Otsego and Chenango County Fairs in the month of August.  These fairs gave us good visibility to the residents of these counties as well as helped us to fill in our maps with some additional contiguous acreage.

What’s Coming For September and October:

6 Regional Meetings Targeting our Coalition’s Most Contiguous Acreage.
We are planning 6 local meetings in Chenango and Otsego Counties.  So far, three meetings have been scheduled and the other three will be finalized and communicated to you as soon as possible.  These meetings are designed to  . . .

  • Bring you up-to-date on our coalition, including any current industry interest.
  • Show you the full maps of our coalition along with enlarged maps of your specific region, helping you identify neighbors or friends that you can encourage to link with us.
  • Establish a local task force aimed at keeping each region informed of urgent needs and doing what is necessary to help bring your region’s un-leased acreage into our coalition.
  • Distribute free “Friends of Natural Gas” lawn signs to all in attendance.
  • Update the coalition on the current political and DEC trends.
  • Answer your questions about the coalition and the future of gas exploration in our region.

Region #1 –  Meeting date to be announced – we’ll let you know as soon as we have confirmation.
Towns of Preston, McDonough, German, Plymouth, Pharsalia, Pitcher, Smyrna, Otselic and Lincklaen.

Region #2Meeting Date – September 30th; 6:30 @ Unadilla Valley Central School Auditorium
Towns of Norwich, New Berlin, North Norwich, Sherburne and Columbus

Region #3Meeting Date – October 14th; 6:00pm @ Greene Central High School
Towns of Coventry, Greene, Oxford and Smithville

Region #4 –  Meeting date to be announced – we’ll let you know as soon as we have confirmation.
Towns of Afton, Bainbridge and Guilford

Region #5 - Meeting date to be announced – we’ll let you know as soon as we have confirmation.
Otsego County Towns of Pittsfield, Edmeston and Plainfield

Region #6Meeting Date – October 27th; 7:00pm @ Unatego High School
Otsego County towns of Otego, Unadilla, Butternuts and Morris

Our true coalition strength is flexed through contiguous acres.  More than just land to drill, the industry also needs “Right Of Way” to get the gas out, which is why contiguous acreage is what they are most interested in.  These regional meetings are designed to help us fill in your regional land blocks giving YOU greater negotiation power when the time comes.

Want a “Friends of Natural Gas” sign and can’t attend a meeting? Call Steve Gage (607) 859.2395


There are 194,500 acres represented in the Coalition as of 8/18/2010. The latest gas offers in New York State are $3000/acre with 20% royalties.

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