Calls Nelson Supervisor ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’

To the Editor:

(DeRuyter, NY – Feb. 2013) Be aware Madison County residents of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I recently attended a meeting in Cazenovia put on by the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce. It was an excellent overview of what’s happening in Cazenovia – where it wants to go, how to get there and, […]

Grandmother Determined to keep ‘Way of Life’

Town of Nelson resident Miriam Barrows is shown with her “Grandmothers Against Fracking” sign. Barrows traveled by bus with other Madison County residents to Albany to show their support against “hydrofracking.”

(Nelson, Albany, NY – Jan. 2013) Town of Nelson resident Miriam Barrows and others were in Albany Jan. 9 for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State […]

Response to Rebuttal

To the Editor:

(DeRuyter, NY – Dec. 2012) The following is my response to the DeRuyter supervisor’s rebuttal calling my concerns extreme regarding the integrity of town officials. After nine months of town board meetings, this very important issue of hydrofracking was brought up by me 90 percent of the time. One would think with […]

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 […]

Pipeline Project needs Scrutiny

To the Editor:

(DeRuyter, NY – Nov. 2012) A meeting in Lebanon on a natural gas pipeline to be developed by Emkey Resources was held last week. The proposed pipeline from Windsor through Broome, Chenango and Madison counties would tie into the Tennessee and Dominion Pipelines close to Morrisville. This clearly shows an anticipated increase […]

The New Love Canal?

Think Local

By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Nov. 2012) On October 9, Grassroots Environmental Education (, a New York-based non-profit organization founded in 2000 to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, presented the results of its new study on the health risks of hydrofracking to officials from […]

Unhappy with Town Board

To the Editor:

(DeRuyter, NY – Oct. 2012) To those who believe in a democracy, one of the major reasons for discussing issues is because we live in a democracy. Another reason citizens should be able to speak is to bring facts to their town boards that they might otherwise not know.

When a resident […]

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 […]

Resident Asks Questions

To the Editor:

(DeRuyter, NY – Sept. 2012) The truth about hydrofracking gets buried in an avalanche of money, as is being done by the gas groups pressuring lawmakers. Also, the avalanche of money through TV ads distorts or hides the negative facts of this heavy industrial gas drilling. Some towns just refuse to present […]

Citizens for Safe Energy Releases Gas Development Survey Results

To the Editor:

(Madison County, NY – Sept. 2012) Citizens for Safe Energy (CSE) is pleased to announce that the results are in! Over the course of the summer, CSE partnered with Colgate’s Upstate Institute to produce and distribute a survey on residents’ opinions and perceptions on natural gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Mailed […]

Anti-Drilling Contingent Returns

By Martha E. Conway

(Sullivan – Sept. 5, 2012) Sullivan resident Donna Muhs-McCarten, who was out of the country during the town of Sullivan’s public hearing on natural gas activity, was allowed three minutes to speak at the Sullivan Town Council’s regular meeting Sept. 5.

Muhs-McCarten repeated her position to stop drilling activity in the […]

Lenox to hold Public Hearing on Gas Drilling Moratorium

Board approves study of go cart building and bonding of $400,000

By Margo Frink

(Town of Lenox, NY – July 9, 2012) The town of Lenox will hold a public hearing on Aug. 14 to hear comments for or against placing a one-year moratorium on gas drilling in the township.

According to town Attorney Peter […]