Top Myths about Natural Gas Development Debunked

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JLCNY Host Albany Forum to Allay Fears of Public about Water, Health Issues and Quality of Life Related to Natural Gas Development and Fracking.

Landowners, farmers, policymakers, business leaders, advocates and concerned citizens will gather in Albany to dispel myths about natural gas development during a forum hosted by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY). Among the issues to be discussed: is water safe? Are PA hospitals seeing health issues? What are the quality of life issues? And, how do NY’s proposed regulations compare to a national model created by the Environmental Defense Fund?

A grassroots organization made up of 77,000 farmers, landowners and other New Yorkers who want to see a brighter future for their children, the works to educate people about facts on natural gas development. According to Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the JLCNY, “Heeding the call from Governor Cuomo – for organizations to do their part to ‘allay the fears’ of people who are concerned about this issue, we have worked steadfastly to gather and share accurate information.” Fitzsimmons continues, “This forum relays our mission and empowers citizens and public officials to stand up for the truth and against “not-in-my-backyard” campaigns.”

This forum will focus on separating fact from fiction with issues related to natural gas development. Featured to speak: Mark Boling, President, V+ Development Solutions (a division of Southwestern Energy Company); Don Siegel, PhD, Hydrologist and Professor at Syracuse University; Rex Catlin, CEO, Endless Mountains Health Systems; Doug McLinko, Bradford County Commissioner. The forum will be moderated by Tom Wilber, former reporter at the Binghamton Press & Sun and author of Under the Surface, Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale.

Catlin and McLinko will describe the issues “from the frontlines,” in terms of health issues and quality of life measures, as representatives from two of the most highly developed natural gas counties in PA. Boling and Siegel will share their expertise on natural gas development – how it works, why it’s safe, the effects (if any) on water. Southwestern Energy’s Mark Boling collaborated on a three-year project to create a national model with the Environmental Defense Fund. Boling will present that model and provide specific detail as to how NY's proposed regulations meet or exceed its standards.

Top Myths of Natural Gas Development: Debunked takes place on Thursday, May 30, 2013 (11:30am to 2:30pm) at the Legislative Office Building, Room 711-A, Albany, NY 12247. There is no cost to attend this invitation only event, but please RSVP to JLCSpecialEvent (at) Yahoo (dot) com. Light refreshments will be provided.

About JLCNY:
The mission of The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) is to foster, promote, advance and protect the common interest of the people as it pertains to natural gas development though education and best environmental practices. JLCNY gathers and provides factual, objective information about safe and responsible natural gas development to landowners and community members. For more information about JLCNY, visit


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