Kudos to the Sullivan County Legislature’s Public Works Committee for bringing drilling before the full Board of Legislators! The members of the Committee are David Sager (Chair), Elwin Wood, Jonathan Rouis, Jodi Goodman, Leni Binder, Alan Sorensen and Frank Armstrong.
The Committee has given us an opportunity to congratulate its members and to ask the County Board to:
- hold public fora with commissioners and emergency responders for the benefit of county residents;
- anything else you believe will help protect Sullivan County residents as we move forward.
If you wish to speak, it’s suggested you get there by 1:30. Meeting begins at 2:00 PM
The Sullivan County Democrat’s full story on the Committee’s resolutions can be read here and is excerpted below:
MONTICELLO — Legislators on the Public Works Committee unanimously agreed Thursday to ban gas drilling involving hydrofracking on all county-owned properties.
Citing environmental, water quality, traffic and property impact concerns, the resolution says no such drilling will be allowed “until such time as the potential long-term, cumulative and indirect environmental and public health impacts are adequately addressed and appropriate mitigation measures are identified.”
An accompanying resolution was also approved on Thursday, urging Congress to “amend pertinent federal laws to adequately safeguard the environment and the public from any environmental and health risks associated with hydrofracking.”
Both resolutions will go before the full Legislature this Thursday for official approval. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. at the Government Center in Monticello.
It was brought to my attention that the link to The River Reporter’s letters section which I included in my Hodgepodge : Sullivan County Leases; David Jones article is not working.
In a follow-up to the “Hodgepodge” article, Mr. James Barth, who authored the letter concerning Mr. David Jones’ land transactions, wrote a comment at Breathing which provides background for the publication of his letter.
Breathing recommends that regular readers of this column subscribe to the comment section’s RSS feed in order to participate in its “community forum” potential. For instance, one resident (“Deemer”) has suggested local action in a comment this morning and is looking for feedback and possible support.