By Tom Grace
Cooperstown News Bureau
Last Thursday, a delegation of Otsego County officials visited a gas well being drilled by Gastem USA in the town of Maryland, and according to a couple of reports, they liked what they saw.
``I’d say it’s definitely less intrusive than a logging operation,’’ said Rep. Stephen Fournier, R-Milford, a member of the Otsego County Board of Representatives. ``I was prepared for worse.
``The access road was nice, and they’d cleared an area about the size of a football field.’’
The well site, owned by Ronald Ross of Maryland, is well off Shutter Road, and although the drilling was noisy up close, it could not be heard from the road, he said.
Fournier said the officials’ tour was guided by Gastem USA President Orville Cole.
Cole would not allow photographs to be taken, although several in the entourage had cameras, Fournier said. ``They’re worried someone might gain a competitive advantage from a picture.”
David Parker of Worcester, a member of the MOSA board of directors, said it appeared to him that Gastem USA, a division of a Canadian firm, ``wants to make absolutely sure there are no problems here.’’
Water used to flush out the bore hole is kept in a contained system to minimize the danger of contamination, he said.
Parker had visited the site before because waste was being hauled off the premises without going to MOSA.
When alerted that Otsego County would prefer that waste go to a Montgomery-Otsego- Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority transfer station, Gastem USA complied, he said.
The well in Maryland was begun in September and is behind schedule because the drillers hit a pocket of brine at about 3,000 feet, according to Otsego County Planner Psalm Wyckoff, who was on the trip.
By Tom Grace
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This weekend feature offers a recap of the week's top local stories:
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Police: Motoristfound dead
Authorities are hoping an autopsy scheduled for today will explain the mysterious death of a Schoharie County man whose body was found in his parked, running car over the weekend.
Two face charges in no-knock heroin raid
Authorities executed a no-knock search warrant at an Elm Street apartment and arrested two women on heroin possession charges, Oneonta police said Thursday.
Oneonta police: 3 youths suspected of vandalism
The city of Oneonta Police Department has identified three suspects, all younger than 16, in the damage and arson to the Doc Knapp Field on Jan. 18, according to a media release from police.
Assailant assaulted former girlfriend while their son, 7, watched, police say
William H. Danielson, now a murder defendant, allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend while she was putting their 7-year-old son into a vehicle early Friday morning, according to Chenango County law enforcement officials.
- Obama: Inequality is a major challenge
County officials object to logos on SAFE Act website
New York's new gun control law has hit another thicket of controversy, with three local sheriffs saying Monday they don't want their county's seals or logos used in a state website being designed for pistol permit recertification.
- Ithaca College student killed in Cobleskill crash
The address of a digital billboard was incorrect on a photo caption on Page 1 of Tuesday's Daily Star. The billboard is near I-88.
Rodney H. Ingalls
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- Remembering Remy in Milford
The campaign, on the St. Lawrence, from which so much has long, confidently, and reasonably expected, has ended far short of its object. ... The main army has taken post near St. Regis, for the winter; and ... the division under General Hampton is hutting on the Saranac.
Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...
We are happy to report that we did indeed have a meeting with both the Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at CCS to discuss our questions and concerns about the proposed capital project. Plus we also had the opportunity to chat with the Business Manager regarding funding for the project. And for the most part we feel we now know more about the project although we still find ourselves musing about it.
Championship fever in Milford goes beyond Remy title
For Milford's boys, the Anton Remy Jr. Tournament title is only the beginning. "We want to win the Tri-Valley title and the Section Four title," junior point guard Will Ward said Saturday after the Wildcats took apart Franklin, 52-25, in the Remy finals.
- Much to love about walls
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