Appalachian Basin

Dear Governor Cuomo – There Is Danger in Delay!

New York State landowners are, to quote a popular movie line, “mad as hell and not taking it anymore.”  Here is the first of many letters we hope to offer as examples of the deep frustration felt in the Southern Tier.  

I recently wrote a letter to our Governor as a fellow New Yorker who is proud of his Italian heritage.  Those of you sufficiently moved by one my letter and others I’m sure will follow should write your own and submit them to the Governor using this link.  Here, after the jump, is my letter.  Warning for those of you who speak Italian; come la cosa indugia, piglia vizio.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Governor Cuomo,

As you may or may not know, I have written to you many times on the benefits of horizontal drilling and high volume-hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale Formation. I have neither received a written response to any of my letters, nor a response through action. This time, I am attempting a different approach in hope of a response.

I have noticed that both of us share a common heritage. Both of our paternal grandparents hailed from the same region of Italy, both of us were named after our paternal grandfathers, and both of us have established lives that our grandparents would be proud of. Therefore, in this letter, I will use the expressions of our grandparents to articulate my feelings on the very important issue of hydraulic fracturing.

I am always disturbed by the influence that the anti-fossil fuel movement, spear-headed by a few Hollywood elitist zealots, seems to have over Albany. A phrase that my grandfather would have used to describe this very situation is “Guardatevi dai falsi profeti” (“Beware of false prophets”).

The phrase, “Come la cosa indugia, piglia vizio” (There is danger in delay) is also applicable. Indeed, this expression from our grandparents really nails this issue. How much revenue has New York lost for education, pension funds, and infrastructural repairs while Albany delays a response to the hydraulic fracturing issue?

Two more phrases, one we use often on the farm are; “Chi ha fatto il male, faccia la penitenza.” (“You reap what you sow”) and “I topi abbandonano la nave che affonda. (“Rats desert a sinking ship”) describe Albany’s indecision. Your favorable poll numbers will continue to fall as more New York cities and towns become insolvent.

We just have to visit Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, and twenty-eight other states that are allowing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to take place, to see the prosperity this technology brings.

Governor Cuomo, lift the moratorium. “Perdere il totto per l’ambiadurs” (“Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg”). Mr. Governor, New York continues to wait for your decision on this very important issue.


Neil C. Vitale
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York
Steuben County Land Owner Coalition of New York

Now, get busy and write your own letter!


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