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Opinion

November 8, 2012

Town board let people down on moratorium

On Oct. 15, the Richfield Springs Town Board voted, 3-2, against a 10-month moratorium on industrial land use permits that would allow a committee to review our long-outdated laws.

I cannot understand why the three women on the board voted against protecting our residents. Nearly every surrounding town has had the foresight to put a moratorium in place — especially since Article X of the PSC is law. It removes home rule, allowing the state to decide the siting of electric generation facilities, such as natural gas-fired generators, landfill gas recovery facilities, industrial wind turbines, and solid waste combustors. 

So why wouldn’t these women approve this moratorium? It’s not as if the town would suffer from putting a hold on industrial land use permits for 10 months. There have been none in 10 months.

Mary Margaret Snyder promised us that if we voted for her, she would support us on fracking and wind turbines. Yet, when given the opportunity to do so, she turned her back on us. Why would these three vote against protecting the majority?

They must not have been listening during meetings when townspeople voiced their concerns over the health hazards of industrial wind turbines. They must not watch the news of our neighbors struggling with the issues of wind turbines and failed fracking wells. It is mind-boggling that they would not do everything in their power to prevent this from happening in our town. What’s their agenda?

The next time you see Fran Enjem or Billy Seamon, thank them for their attempt to protect your rights. When you see Lori Bond, Bonnie Domion and Mary Margaret Snyder, ask them why they are not protecting you.

Lori Sawicki

Richfield Springs

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