Landowner's Coalition Reacts to Health Department Delay

By Matt Porter

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 2:20 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Joint Landowner's Coalition of New York said they are disappointed to see another delay in the path to high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York.

JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmon's said his members are continually disappointed with the delays in the approval process.

He said the delays continue to prevent gas drilling jobs from coming to New York.

"Our area's needed these jobs. My sons would like to be able to get good jobs here and live here" Fitzsimmons said. "All the people's kids would. Our coalitions very upset about that, a lot of us our grandparents. We want opportunity in our communities, and this is being taken away. Why, why?"

He said some jobs are gone for good, moving to Pennsylvania instead.

JLCNY's attorney Scott Kurkoski said if delays continue, he's prepared to file a lawsuit for lost mineral rights.

"You start to see a pattern, that it looks to us that this is being constructed in order to delay the decision and to us, the failure to decide, is to decide," Kurkoski said.

The Department of Environmental Conservation must agree on new regulations or pass some sort of extension before Feb. 27.

If not, the process could be delayed for months as the approval process would start again.

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