Join Us!

Please fill out the following form, so that we can begin to use our strength as landowners against fracking to counter the leased landowners.

All information will be kept private, and will be stored in a protected file offline.

The only shared information, will be a summary, which will include total landowners, and total acreage.

Hopefully, at some point in the future, we will be able to host a state map that includes all of the property of the Association’s members.

**Click here if you have previously signed a lease and are no longer interested in having your property fracked.

Note: If you own more than one property, we’d appreciate you filling out the form separately for each parcel. That will help us keep the data organized well.


Thank you!!

59 Responses to Join Us!

  1. Mark Ohe says:

    Nice work! This is exactly what NY State has been in need of for far too long!
    The “Absentee Landowners Coalitions” time in the sun in OVER.

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  3. scarecat says:

    Thank you for putting this together. May this spread throughout the state and be a source and force representing landowners who are unified against shale gas drilling.

  4. John Cerullo says:

    It seems to me that the “absentee landowners” are often the most anti-fracking.. I have been attacked because I have “only” lived here for 3 years and been a landowner for 33 years, and thus am not “local.”

  5. Katherine Koch says:

    I am 3 years new to my town, lived in the county for 13 years. Although not shunned when face to face with the ‘locals’, I may be considered an outsider as well. About this, I do not care. I know who I am, I know I was born in NYS, my parents were born here, therefore I am just as much a New Yorker as anyone else. The difference is I do not have such a narrow mind to hold prejudices to my fellow NY’rs anytime, but especially when we should all be in unison to protect the state we all SHOULD love. As a New Yorker I welcome people from out of state of which many are decent hard working people, with the same values I have. To not be aware or blatantly ignore the dire consequences of all gas drilling activites to our environment, health and our way of life is to be going through life with greed blinders on. Thank you for your new project. We people who are aware of how big industry wants to walk all over our rights and ruin all our natural resources only to walk away and leave us with the devistation need groups like REALNYS to prove we are out here. Seems Gov Cuomo wants to go down in history as the Governor who ruined NYS. There is not money is doing the only right option. When all the consequences have already been laid out before your eyes, dollar signs $block$ what science repeatedly has proven to be factual evidence. Thanks for listening and your new project! K Koch/OTSEGO COUNTY

  6. sane energy says:

    Don’t feel bad John; my parents bought our house in 1972. We’ll never be considered local. Doesn’t mean you don’t have landowner rights, just like everybody else.

  7. Alice Richardson says:

    We’ve lived on this land for over 11 years and bought it because we loved the land. It is our haven of saneness from the mad, mad world!

  8. Diana Pryntz says:

    Great idea to do this.

    • donna every says:

      Fantastic idea, Mike & company! I wonder if you think it would be a good idea to run local newspaper ads inviting the shy, uninvolved but concerned citizens who aren’t comfortable or experienced in push back. If so we perhaps would need a standard address or postal box . Thank you so much!

      • realnys says:

        Right now I am only one person doing this with a few marvelous friends helping get the word out.
        I cannot afford ads. I don’t want to ask for money either, so I must make do.
        If people want to snail mail me, my address is
        Bill Feldman
        P.O. Box 480
        Andes, NY 13731

      • Lynie deBeer says:

        You don’t have to pay for letters to the editor or for guest columns in newspapers, and these are more likely to be read anyway. You can include the computer address as well as the snail mail address for those who don’t use computers.

      • andesworks says:

        We hope that everyone who comes by will be willing to write a letter to the editor in your paper and send them to the website or the PO Box — we can make this work if everyone pitches in!

  9. This is absolutely brilliant. I can think of several people already who will do this if nothing else about this issue. It has a different feel to it. You don’t have to be ‘out there’ as an activist, telling others what to do, you are defending what is already yours to protect.

  10. Mary Finneran says:

    Thanks so much for a brilliant idea! I have been sharing far and wide, I hope you don’t get too bogged down…then again, that might be a good thing! Thanks again!
    So glad that my half acre gets counted!!!

  11. Gary E. Doupe says:

    Thank you for doing this. My wife and I deeply value this land, and want it to be beautiful and fresh for generations to come. I was born in Bainbridge, but worked most of my life elsewhere. The house to which we’ve retired was my grandfather’s birthplace–built by his father in the 1870s.

  12. Monica says:

    Thanks for doing a great job.

  13. Mary Campbell says:

    Thanks for organizing this. The Steuben County “Landowners Coalition” is infiltrating town board meetings to pass their resolutions – sometimes behind closed doors. They have more money backing them with their full page ads and constant radio propaganda than the individuals like us that it creates quite an unfair fight.

  14. Thomas Salo says:

    For those who are being treated as outsiders, I have some suggestions that may be helpful. I was born in NYC but spent my whole adult life in rural upstate. Emulating the speech, speech patterns, accent and body language of long-time locals will go a long way in making the perception of being an outsider go away. It’s similar to the research on racial prejudice – which can disappear when people sound the same. Slight accents don’t matter. Speech patterns and body language are more important. Also consider that NYC has often imposed its will on upstate to the detriment of local communities. A strong accent from that area may carry a historical burden in some areas. Try being a chameleon.

  15. Sylvia says:

    Great idea – I have already shared it with like-minded land owners and also folks who may not own but would happily spread the word. I am a life-long new Yorker, though I have only owned my little Motel since 2003. I sympathize with those who feel treated like outsiders. I have also had my share of ‘attitude’ problems, but for the most part I have gained the confidence of my neighbors with my very non-City attitudes, and I just ignore the occasional snub. As a lifetime environmentalist I do my best to keep my property ‘green’ and inviting, and I stay on top of issues like fracking. My reason for buying the motel was that the Catskills was the favorite vacation spot for me and my late husband. He may be gone, but I have set down my roots and neither insular attitudes nor Frackers are going to push me out!

  16. slywlf says:

    My late husband and I spent much vacation time in the Catskills, so when the Long Island rat race became too much we jumped at the chance to buy our little motel. A job and a home under one roof – in one of our all time favorite places – what’s not to love?! We got a little of the insular attitude when we first arrived, but while I don’t expect ever to be thought of completely as a local even after almost 10 years I get along with my neighbors and generally can afford to ignore the occasional snub. Since I never had the Big City attitude (or accent) to begin with, and came here with the idea of slowing down to a country pace I’m doing OK. Also, as a life-long environmentalist I run my place as ‘green’ as possible (almost no grass – I prefer clover, thyme and wildflowers), and keep on top of issues like fracking. I may be a relative newcomer, but I love it here, and have taken every opportunity to fight for the safety of the water and air, and to show solidarity with the landowners against NYC’s tyrannical ways.
    Sorry if this is take 2 – WordPress seemed to lose my initial attempt at commenting when I hadn’t logged in yet before trying to post.

  17. Doree Hubar says:

    The people making fortunes on this FRACKING dont have to live with the consequences of poisoned water and land ….And when the economics of natural gas is looked at carefully, it is not economical in the long run. Their safety plans look good on paper, but so did the BP plans for the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile in the real world, there are leaks and blown wells, etc. And most important, why dont we know what poisons are being pumped into the earth, that will find their way to our underground water supply.

  18. Mary Heaton says:

    How should someone list multiple properties?

    • realnys says:

      i would prefer it if you added each property separately, especially if it isn’t in the same town.
      After you press submit, add the next property

  19. Joan DeSimone says:

    perfect! thank you. Now we need to SWARM the town meeting together. will let you know of plan for Wed. evening

  20. Andrea says:

    Thanks, this is a great idea!

  21. Terry says:

    I know about the not being a “local” just because you weren’t born in the small town we live in. They sure like our taxes though but, not like our opinions. At least Nunda is anti-fracking!

  22. Thomas Salo says:

    Stew – Being your own honest self is a good idea too. It may be a better idea than mine but is isn’t an either/or choice – unless trying to pronounce your Rs and allowing a few seconds of dead air before replying violates being your honest self. The main point is that there are cultural differences between rural and urban people that are sometimes missed. When in Rome……………..

  23. Tom says:

    Thanks for setting this up. I know I’m not the only one who signed up for a landowners group (Sidney) several years ago, having been told that the group’s purpose was informational and to provide landowners some protection through numbers. At the time I remember being told that the group didn’t really have a position on fracking, but wanted to make sure people were protected ‘if’ fracking came. Alas, since then, this group has proven to be all about lobbying to allow fracking, and as a member of the larger JLCNY, has been claiming that they represent me and my interests in pushing hard for fracking when they say ‘We’ve got xx,xxx landowners and xxx,xxx acres we represent.” Well, the DON’T represent me, and I know I’m not the only landowner they’re counting in their numbers as pro-fracking who is anything but- there are a lot of us who joined these groups to keep on top of information, etc., NOT because we wanted to be part of a pro-frack lobbying group. At least now there’s an alternative group, and I feel like my name being counted in the pro-frack group is cancelled out by also being counted here.

  24. Terry Weld says:

    How about putting together a list of lawyers willing to take on the gas companies and landowners who have signed leases if fracking comes. That should get some attention!


  25. Pam Sekula says:

    We’re still “newcomers” after owning property and building our home: 17 years as residents! We love the area, too. We loved our home in Rochester, but wanted trees, animals, and the beautiful “Dawn chorus” that wakes us every morning. Don’t feel bad all you other “newcomers,” my parents’ families all lived in (Livingston County) Geneseo from the time Adam named the animals; my mother was complaining about some fellow running for local office who hadn’t “lived in town very long.” When asked how long this relative newcomer HAD lived in the area, she replied, “Only 25 years.”

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  27. Joan Koster says:

    Thanks for doing this. I appreciate how hard the task is. I am trying to make it even harder by tell everyone I know to post their acerage.

  28. The Old North Branch Inn was built in 1868 and I restored it in 2005 is surrounded by farmers who think Fracking is a good idea. I am so grateful for all the ways we are joining forces to stop this insanity…Will be in DC on Saturday. Thank you…

  29. George Koury says:

    We are all tax payers in this state. If we let the Governor and the rest of the politicians who are in bed with the gas industry walk over us. Its our own fault. Its time for all of us to stop running scared as if we have no way or rights in this matter. Time to let the Governor know that he will never become President if he continues to side with the gas industry over the interests of the people and water of this state. Time to let him know that our tax dollars will not go to support a government that betrays us. Nothing short of a state wide ban on fracking will be accepted.

  30. Debbie says:

    Thank you for starting this. We do need a state-wide database so we can all work together and fight tracking. We’ve lived on this property for almost 30 years.

  31. Most excellent idea and makes me feel even more empowered in my state! I’ll be sharing this link/registry on FB, Twitter and my blog for you as well. Great job!

  32. Deanna says:

    I’m not a newcomer, I’m born and raised and lived in NYS all my life (now 60 plus years) in Oneida County. My ggg grandparents (two sets at least) were some of the very first settlers of NY and this county when they were formed after the Revolutionary War, one pair to Westmoreland in 1782 and another to Prospect/Remsen in 1799. I’ve visited a lot of other states in this country, and while some can match, none can beat the State of New York for natural beauty. And our water is truly phenomenal!

    But, to all you “Newcomers”, your only “passport” needed as far as I’m concerned is “I LOVE NY” and meaning it. 😉

    Thank you for this idea and your site, Bill Feldman and your helpers. 🙂

  33. smalltowngirl says:

    I have lived in my small town for 39 years and am still considered an outsider to the many, older folks. Dont care…I love it here and it is my home. I will not sit by and let fracking ruin the clean water, serenity and bucolic scenery that has become my home. This is a wonderful way to show we wont take this “rape and pillage” attitude, lying down!

  34. Nicole Camarata says:

    I have visited Pennsylvania and have spoken to land owners who have leased to the gas industry, and over 90% would not do it again! The environmental devastation is very overwhelming! We need to stop this, and keep going until we have a state wide ban on fracking!!!
    This is a great way to have our voices heard, thank you!!!

    • Kathy says:

      I have family living in Pa and on a recent visit, we were driving on a beautiful country road in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden the effects of drilling/fracking were there. How sad!! We moved from LI to Coventry and love the area and the country and the lack of congestion and want to keep it this way.

  35. Pam Stewart says:

    Outstanding idea guys! I have added my land and will forward this to everyone I know. Thank you soooo much. p.s. I could do a little data entry if you become overwhelmed.

  36. Heather says:

    We need more brilliant ideas like this if we are going to battle the ignorance of the minority and backwards mentality of the industry that waits on our doorsteps. Strength in numbers! sorry if I signed up twice….I didn’t know if the first one went through! I will announce this website in my town hall meeting tonight in Fremont, NY and continue to spread the word!

  37. Beverly says:

    Bill, thanks for your great initiative! I will forward it to landowning friends. I’m wondering if signatories within a town would be interested in getting together (strength in numbers as Heather just said!) to ask their town boards to outlaw fracking. Following Dryden and Middlefield, the town of Woodstock has just passed a law prohibiting hydrofracking or the use of fracking fluids (e.g. for de-icing winter roads) within its borders. It would be more powerful if other towns would do the same. If one person in a town would agree to be the point person, others could be directed to him/her via a blind email or checkbox in this website.

  38. susanne says:

    I may have entered my property vitales twice; beter than not at all. I am pleased to add my name to this list. I have been enjoying the CATSKILL RIVIERA all my life since the early ’40’s. Home base is still in Bergen County, NJ which makes me even more appreciatve of the glorious water, air, countyside and home grown food of NEW YORK STATE. I have been a very vocal anti-frackist since I first became aware of the threat and continue to pass the WORD. Thank you for this opportunity to be part of a much needed voice.

  39. Naomi says:

    Interesting dialogue about locals vs. newcomers. I’m a “local,” holding on (by my fingernails) to the farm I grew up on, in the community where my grandparents settled in 1904. A word of slightly bitter advice to the newcomers: the divide is not about accent or friendliness, it’s about class. Rural New Yorkers have been struggling with desperate economic conditions for two or three generations. Our kids leave, our neighbors go broke and are forced off their farms. Fracking, prisons, and casinos are bad non-solutions to desperate conditions. But to prevail against the predominant support for those harmful solutions, I think the newcomers — gentrifiers, often, who bought land that our local neighbors were forced to sell — need to at least understand the conditions that lead rural folks to support those proposals. And then, by all means, spread the word about why fracking will make things worse and not better, economically as well as ecologically, for our rural communities.

  40. Aaron says:

    After viewing the movie “Gasland”, I was convinced that “fracking” will poison the aquifers and leave a mess on the surface – therefore, I am against “fracking”. I then read what wikipedia had to say about the process of “fracking” – it too supports the idea that water and land pollution are an inevitable consequence of “hydro-fracturing” methods of gas drilling. It seems so obvious to me that once the damage is done, it cannot be un-done – somewhat akin to nuclear powered plant leakage. The added fact that “fracking” would be more widespread than nuclear plant leakage only adds to the horror of pollution gas “fracking” would create. Would governor Cuomo want “fracking” near his home?+

  41. Kathy S. says:

    Thanks for setting this up, Bill! Can’t remember if I signed before, but am doing so now — hope you can cross-check to track mistaken-double signings so that we can’t be accused of “stuffing the ballot box.” I’ve lived here in the still semi-rural beauty and wonderful community interactions in Otsego County for 40 years, have been researching and working (with others) against gas/oil industry’s fracking invasion since originally becoming aware of the threat in 2008. And now huge pipelines too! We have so much going for us here, hope we can really keep it from being invaded and destroyed in so many aspects. Valuable comments above from Tom Salo (July 15 & 17) and Naomi (Aug. 13) re overcoming bias against “outsiders” and “newcomers” (which we did encounter when we arrived in 1972 — but there were also longtime residents in our small hamlet who were friendly even though they thought we were weird because we didn’t talk like them or look like them — my husband had a bushy beard, sometimes got mistaken for that weirdo hippy freak Allen Ginsburg, who had scandalized Cherry Valley by buying a place on the outskirts there.) In addition to Tom’s and Naomi’s good advice I also recommend looking everyone in the eye while smiling (genuinely); and listening openly, in attitude and reality, in personal conversations and encounters w/ people on “the other side” of issues and viewpoints, including those who are defensive about their own longevity on the land. And including those who mistakenly think fracking will be advantageous to themselves or their/our local community and state.

  42. Judi Bendewald says:

    I live in NYC, but have visited and traveled upstate for the past 50 years. I am fighting fracking as much as any upstaters as I don;t want our beautiful NYS torn up and contaminated by the “frackers”. Our downstate water supply may be threatened as much as upstate’s. And the frackers are planning to bring the Spectra Pipeline (carrying the natural gas) right to the riverside in the West Village of NYC! So we are all threatened! We need to stick together – upstate & downstate – and let CUOMO KNOW THAT HE IS WRONG TO ALLOW THIS!

  43. SJacques says:

    I got to name my road and it was fitting to how I felt upon arriving in Schoharie from Long Island…the name is Haven Ln and I would still like to think this will be my haven until I die!

  44. Leona Briggs says:

    I feel we are in new york no matter ,if we are north south east or west its all are state.We can”t let these company take are home land from us with fracking and running these gas pipe on us.

  45. art says:

    Thanks – it’s about time the silent be heard.

  46. Amanda Means says:

    Thank you for putting this together! My mother gave me ten acres on the top of a hill between where she and my father were raised in New Woodstock in the 1920’s. It was my great uncle’s woodlot but for many, many years now has been pristine and untouched by further human intervention. It is full of deer, rabbits, racoons, turkeys and all sorts of other birds and wildlife. Basswood, beech, black cherry, butternut, elm, hemlock, hickory, red maple, red oak, sugar maple, white ash, white oak, white pine and yellow birch thrive on top of this little hill. If fracking is permitted in Madison County, this woods and the many, many other woods, small farms, fields, meadows and wetlands in the county will be devastated. We must not allow Governor Cuomo to permit fracking in New York State.

  47. Merrill says:

    This is excellent. The map will be wonderful as there’s nothing like the visual impact to impress upon people the importance of participating.
    Ultimately it doesn’t matter where we live. Fracking and fossil fuel extraction affects us all.
    Thank you !

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  50. Mary Finneran says:

    Hi, I just bought property adjacent to my half acre property and added the 2.7 acres. I think it might be a good idea to update this? thanks!

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