Land coalition expects nearly 3,000 at Saturday’s pro-drilling meetings

NEW BERLIN – The Central New York Landowner’s Coalition is sponsoring two meetings on Saturday at Unadilla Valley Central School in New Berlin for members and their guests who are in favor of responsible gas drilling.

Organizers say they anticipate between 2,000 and 3,000 to attend, and are hoping the gatherings make a loud statement to local and state politicians.

“We must have a show of strength to show our politicians that we represent many, many votes,” said Richard Lasky, president of the group.

The coalition’s membership has become increasingly frustrated, Lasky said, with the state’s ban on hydrofracking in the Marcellus and the Utica while nearby Pennsylvania landowners have been profiting from leasing their mineral rights. The Department of Environmental Conservation has been in the process of redrafting its natural gas drilling regulations for about two years.

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