A large crowd of people concerned about the negative affects of proposed gas drilling in the region rallied at about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse square in Delhi. Organizers said there were about 350 people at the rally, which had been planned to coincide with the regular meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors that was canceled Tuesday.
A federal EPA hearing this week on natural-gas drilling was switched Monday from Binghamton University to Syracuse and then postponed Tuesday because of crowd concerns.
Gas-drilling opponents are planning a lakeside rally in Cooperstown on Wednesday before marching to the Otsego County Courthouse for a public comment session with the county board.
COOPERSTOWN _ More than 100 people opposed to widespread gas drilling came to voice their views at Wednesday's Otsego County Board of Representatives meeting.
COOPERSTOWN _ Debate over natural gas drilling raged inside and outside the Otsego County Courthouse on Wednesday during a special meeting of the county Board of Representatives.
Although opponents of the "hydrofracking" method of drilling for natural gas have raised many concerns about potential for contamination of water and air, little has been written about what this would mean for human health.
Recently I read a commentary by Marti Stayton concerning gas drilling. I had the pleasure of meeting Marti five years ago when she assisted me in my unsuccessful quest for political office. Marti is extremely bright, articulate and an outstanding legislator.
ONEONTA _ Congressional candidate Richard Hanna visited Oneonta on Wednesday to hear directly from opponents of hydraulic fracturing and natural-gas drilling.
When it comes to natural gas drilling, it seems nothing can happen without controversy. The latest example is the furor over the Environmental Protection Agency's indefinite postponement of a hearing on hydraulic fracturing that was supposed to happen today in upstate New York.