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January 2012

2011 Milestones by the Month, July, August, September

JULY 2011
NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) releases updates to draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling.

Multi-municipal task force unveils proposed road use agreement for seven Sullivan County towns to protect road integrity against heavy industrial uses.

EPA announces fracking study targeting Northeast PA.
Honesdale Council approves CVS pharmacy project in former DSFI building at Lower Main and Fourth Streets.  Read more

We’ll remember (Part II)

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — It’s been quite a year in high school sports. Here are a few of the most iconic moments from September to December caught in freeze frame timelessness. See last week’s issue for moments from January to June. Visit for complete archives of the past year as well as ongoing stories for 2012.

Rando dropped as Shohola UDC rep

At their organizational meeting, the Shohola Township supervisors approved the appointment of Patricia Jeffers, a woman owning 300 acres along the river in Shohola, as the township’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) representative, in place of Scott Rando, who has represented the township on the UDC council for four years.  Read more

DiNapoli urges caution on gas drilling

ALBANY, NY — In comments submitted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on gas drilling, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has urged the state to adopt his proposal to create a Natural Gas Damage Recovery Fund. DiNapoli first proposed the fund in August.  Read more

Microenterprise grants available

Sullivan County has initiated a Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) will provide grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 for small businesses with five or fewer employees. The program is a collaboration between the Sullivan County Division of Planning, the Center for Workforce Development, Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Community Development Corporation.  Read more

Environmental awards offered

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations to apply for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.  Read more

Happy Winter?

Count me among the odd for (at least) two reasons. First, I like winter. I like the cold and the snow and the way the trees sparkle with ice like stars in the night sky. I like the briskness and the brilliance of it.

Second, I like reading books that would send shivers down other people’s spines. Not horror stories, but nonfiction that delineates with excruciating details all the ways in which our planet is doomed. Books so upsetting that I can sometimes read only a few pages of agonizing truths before I have to run for cover in more pleasant pursuits like poetry or a walk in the woods.  Read more

What’s really at stake

Although we have written a number of editorials criticizing the Holbert Quarry expansion, that does not mean that we think the quarry should be shut down, or even prevented from expanding.  Read more

The sanctity of property rights

Are property rights sanctified? “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the “inalienable” rights specified in the Declaration of Independence. The United States Constitution in Amendment XIV, Section 1 specifies, “ …nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Property rights, according to our founding fathers are legal—subject to law—not inalienable.  Read more

No concern for jobs

I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t been at the Lumberland public hearing for the new zoning—but yes, the leader of the Lumberland Concerned Citizens submitted a misleading letter to the board claiming it was—and I quote—a “letter from a Manhattan attorney with 35 years experience who is volunteering to defend us” (the letter said nothing of the sort); the town accidentally made a hamlet in the town completely disappear from a zoning map they’ve been staring at for 18 months; and the public zoning input meeting was rescheduled at the very last minute to the same date as the Eldred school Christm  Read more