Lebanon Board Hears Emkey Pipeline Presentation

(Town of Lebanon) Lebanon town officials presided over a two-hour public meeting on a proposed new natural gas 16- to 24-inch high pressure pipeline proposed by Emkey Resources Inc., as part of its monthly town board meeting Nov. 12.

The proposed pipeline is contingent upon approval by the state Department of Environmental Conservation permitting of […]

Supervisor Responds to Recent Criticisms

(Town of DeRuyter, NY – Nov. 2012) Recently, the Town Board became the target of serious criticism by one individual in an editorial. Although this individual’s heart is in the right place, the criticisms have become more extreme as the integrity of town officials and the legal advice of the town attorney have been called […]

Lebanon Board Hears About Natural Gas Issues from Local Geologist

(Town of Lebanon – Sept. 10, 2012) Town of Lebanon board members directed Supervisor Jim Goldstein to vigorously pursue development of a road use law to govern gas drilling operations in the township after hearing an extensive presentation by Colgate Geology Professor and natural gas industry expert Bruce Selleck at the Sept. 10 meeting of […]

Disagrees with Sept. 19 Article

To the Editor:

(Madison, Sullivan, NY – Oct. 2012) In her Sept. 19 article titled “Anti-drilling contingent returns,” Martha E. Conway incorrectly writes, “the total number of signatures collected [425] represents less than one-sixth of 1 percent of the town’s [Sullivan’s] population. ” The statement is actually 23 times less than the correct and more […]

Lebanon: Board Petitioned for Moratorium

(Randallsville, Lebanon, NY – Sept. 2012) Lebanon Town Board members were the recipients of about 61 signatures on petitions requesting a moratorium on natural gas development and [hydraulic fracturing] at their monthly town board meeting Aug. 13. Board members also had a dialogue with members of the Amish community about complaints the highway superintendent has […]

Town of Sullivan to Deliberate Further Before Acting on Proposed Moratorium

By Martha E. Conway

(Sullivan – Aug. 2012) The Sullivan Town Council heard from residents at a public hearing on natural gas activities Aug. 1. The usual suspects – many of whom travel from town to town expressing the activist message – were in attendance, this time counterpointed by a contingent of local farmers not […]

Town Board to Discuss Possible Local Laws on Natural Gas Activity

(Randallsville, Lebanon, NY – June 2012) Lebanon town officials agreed to invite environmental attorneys David and Helen Slottje, the architects of a current local law being used by local municipalities to ban natural gas development in Upstate New York. Supervisor Jim Goldstein said he hopes to host a meeting on the issues of a […]

Fighting Drilling

To the Editor:

(Canastota, NY) Make the lie big, make the lie simple and eventually the lie will be believed.* Clean natural gas – safe for the environment – “no question,” as the commercials say.

This is a policy of lies where science has been undermined by corporate interests.** Just as the tobacco industry promoted […]

Favors Drilling Moratoria, Bans

To the Editor:

(Canastota, NY) Concerns over the diminishing and spoiling of fresh water supplies, disposal and storage of the contaminated by-product and the industrialization of the landscape prompted many town boards across New York state to enact land use laws to prohibit shale gas extraction. State Supreme Court judges have ruled towns can ban […]

Speaker Tells Cazenovia Audience He’s Seen Impacts from Drilling, but not Hydraulic Fracturing

By Martha E. Conway

(Cazenovia, NY – March 20, 2012) After navigating the good and the bad of natural gas development in his Pennsylvania home, Bradford County Conservation District Manager Michael Lovegreen said he would hazard the opinion most residents there most likely would do it again.

He told the standing-room-only crowd that Bradford County […]

Local Laws Have Teeth!


Think Local

By Chris Hoffman

(March 2012) The Town of Dryden is located a little over an hour southwest of Sherburne, towards Ithaca and the Fingerlakes region of the state. Last year the town passed new zoning laws that prohibit the exploration for and production and storage of natural gas and petroleum within […]

Supports Drilling Bans and Moratoriums

To the Editor:

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2012) Town supervisors are important to a community; town boards can adopt local laws against [hydraulic fracturing]. Elected officials are able to utilize the services of the Environmental Defense Council, which offers free resources to help municipalities set up moratoriums and bans.

Our state Constitution grants local governments […]