Also on the pipeline front, the mailbag included a note from James Dean, chairman of the Village of Cooperstown Environmental Conservation Committee. Dean, an ardent opponent of hydrofracking for natural gas, expressed strong concern about the potential use of herbicides to stop vegetation from growing above the pipeline that will be run 3 feet under the terrain, 4 feet below farmland.
“Why should so many people, wildlife, and perfectly good land be subject to so much permanent damage from so few people so they can make enormous amounts of money that will almost all leave New York state?” he asked. “Am I missing something here?”
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