Three thousand sign petition for moratorium on drilling

Nov 16, 2010 Full story: The Evening Sun 11

A petition containing more than 3,000 signatures and asking for a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Afton, Coventry and Bainbridge areas was delivered to the Chenango County Board of Supervisors this month.

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Brian Wienckowski

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 2, 2010
What is everyone so scared about?
Jim Bond

Far Rockaway, NY

#2 Dec 5, 2010
Fear mongering. Agreed there should be thoughtful regulations and tight controls but to keep buying oil from the countries that hate us and filling terrorists coffers doesn't make sense. This clean burning fuel is a great bridge until better renewables are developed.

Plus I would think many of these dying towns could really use the influx of money.
Drill Now

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Dec 20, 2010
There should be a petition to drill.
Mike Males

Houston, TX

#4 Jan 7, 2011
Thank God I moved away 31 years ago. God bless Texas. No wonder why your state is going down the toilet. With EPA and OSHA regulations drilling is safe. You people are nuts!
Waterdrinker

Liberty, NY

#5 Jan 14, 2011
Why don't you guys try educating yourselves before getting all gung-ho about drilling. It will not solve the regions economic problems (will actually make them worse.) It will not free the US from energy dependence on foreign nations (try conservation first, among other things.) It is NOT safe for the water millions depend on, or for the overall environment. Some property owners might make nice money, but at the expense of the property values and life style of everyone else. Texas? You can have it!
HERE ARE SOME LINKS. READ AND THINK AND LEARN, IF YOU CAN:
http://www.catskillcitizens.org/learn.cfm
leddy

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Feb 22, 2011
The environmental concerns are in most cases valid but they can be easily controlled contrary to how it is being made out to be. The environmental hazard arises from chance mixing of the toxic drilling fluid with the aquifers and water resources. While this is a legitimate concern, there is no reason that proper precautions cannot eliminate it almost completely. Even before any bans are placed on the process, most companies are making the shift to non-toxic drilling fluids.
Concerned Tax Payer

Norwich, NY

#7 Feb 23, 2011
Glad to hear 'many' are trying to keep them honest.

I am a land owner in mentioned NY counties and pay a pretty TAX dollar for well near 40 years... I did not receive any notice of a petition via the county etc. This is a shame. I would also like to be kept up-to-date what is happening locally.

Nationwide I hear story after story of poor oversite by this big gas/oil copanies in maining these 'capped' drill sites. Water supplies are polluted and families are ill across our nation due to false pretense contracts.(Needless to say ONE story of the health hazards and NO support from the big company to correct the problem because of 'loop holes' via ' fed.gov ' & 'Halliburton' etc. Is all it took for me to be VERY CONCERNED about our NY LANDS.)

Come on people... upstate taxpaying residents are always in need of $$, but not at the expense of destroying our natural resources!! Let's get back to farming the land and think of ways to clean-up the messes from years past, without creating more issues for ourselves. Population is on the rise. In the next 10 years, people are going to be fighting over quality affordable foods... Why not take advantage of the 'goods' to be grown and circulated and start getting back to basics. Take note... in the cities they are planting gardens on their rooftops and any available space they can find. It is just a matter of time they realize all that NY has to offer. Work Farms-- lease your land for FARMING COops and Such.

Just my 2-cents to chime in the kettle.
John Rogers

United States

#8 Feb 25, 2011
Mike Males wrote:
Thank God I moved away 31 years ago. God bless Texas. No wonder why your state is going down the toilet. With EPA and OSHA regulations drilling is safe. You people are nuts!
Mike you are absolutely right! They don't want drilling or use natural gas but hate high gas prices? New York has more entitlement minded craddle to grave morons than you can shake a stick at! They bitch about property taxes and fuel prices yet they vote for people who are responsible for their cost of living being so high. They haven't figured out that all of the hand outs cost someone, themselves! When those dumb ass's and their state go bankrupt they better not expect the rest of us to bale them out!
John Rogers

United States

#9 Feb 25, 2011
Concerned Tax Payer wrote:
Glad to hear 'many' are trying to keep them honest.
I am a land owner in mentioned NY counties and pay a pretty TAX dollar for well near 40 years... I did not receive any notice of a petition via the county etc. This is a shame. I would also like to be kept up-to-date what is happening locally.
Nationwide I hear story after story of poor oversite by this big gas/oil copanies in maining these 'capped' drill sites. Water supplies are polluted and families are ill across our nation due to false pretense contracts.(Needless to say ONE story of the health hazards and NO support from the big company to correct the problem because of 'loop holes' via ' fed.gov ' & 'Halliburton' etc. Is all it took for me to be VERY CONCERNED about our NY LANDS.)
Come on people... upstate taxpaying residents are always in need of $$, but not at the expense of destroying our natural resources!! Let's get back to farming the land and think of ways to clean-up the messes from years past, without creating more issues for ourselves. Population is on the rise. In the next 10 years, people are going to be fighting over quality affordable foods... Why not take advantage of the 'goods' to be grown and circulated and start getting back to basics. Take note... in the cities they are planting gardens on their rooftops and any available space they can find. It is just a matter of time they realize all that NY has to offer. Work Farms-- lease your land for FARMING COops and Such.
Just my 2-cents to chime in the kettle.
We are competing for fuel sources now! Farming and Fuel go hand in hand. NYC cannot feed it's residents from roof top gardens! Get real do you realize that farming has a carbon footprint and farming has less regulations than ANY industry is this country. Cattle, hog and poultry producers pollute more water than anyone. Check out, google it.
Glad I Left

Ithaca, NY

#10 Mar 1, 2011
Let's continue to use fossil fuels and pass the mess on to our grandchildren let them figure it out. Drill baby drill right??? Dopes, can't be innovative can we? Might be hard to swallow but there is a better way, might cost more but if it's better for our children and environment then why not and to the above poster referring to buying oil from the middle east last I checked over 80% of the oil we use comes from our own domestic production stop buying into what your told by the oil companies and your repub officials.
richard lind

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Jul 21, 2013
Jim Bond wrote:
Fear mongering. Agreed there should be thoughtful regulations and tight controls but to keep buying oil from the countries that hate us and filling terrorists coffers doesn't make sense. This clean burning fuel is a great bridge until better renewables are developed.
Plus I would think many of these dying towns could really use the influx of money.
Jim, your words are polite, but your sentiment dangerously inaccurate. Controls Cannot be tight enough, especially on an industry with a PROVEN record of pollution and ignorance of the benefit of a community. IN case of Gulf spill, salt water was polluted, bad, but 3/4 of Earth covered with salt water. only 3% of earth with drinkable water. CANNOT Ever risk purity of this water in NY,,for Gas Co profits. Sorry Jim, you must really re-think that position Carefully...peace.

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