A pro-drilling gas industry executive, John Holko, said if Yasuda wants to make a point about her disagreement with shale gas extraction, she could start by giving up driving in gas-fueled vehicles and heating her home with wood instead of petroleum products. Hokko, the president of Lenape Resources, called the walk a publicity stunt.
“But if she has a problem walking around out there in the freezing cold, I’d be willing to drive over and help her out,” he said with a laugh.
Yasuda could not be reached for comment. Don’t Frack Sharon member Mike Shuster of Sharon Springs, whose group successfully pushed for drilling bans in the town and the village, said he believes Yasuda’s walk will “raise awareness to the hazards of drilling for natural gas. The science (to suggest that fracking can be done without serious risks) isn’t there.”
Shuster said Yasuda is expected to take overnight shelter in local homes during the walk to Albany.
While Yasuda is completing her walk Wednesday morning, three busloads of local drilling protesters will be heading towards the state Capitol as well. Those bus trips are being coordinated by Otsego 2000 in Cooperstown, and the vehicles are slated to leave from Oneonta, Cooperstown and Sharon Springs.