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Not “we, the acres”

May 24, 2012

At the Delaware Town Board meeting on April 18, Noel van Swol repeated his claim of representing a “land-owner” group of 10,000 acres in the town. Asked how many Delaware people were in his group, he declined to answer, saying that it was privileged information, useful to the gas companies in their negotiations for leases.

Perhaps that’s true, although I’m not sure how. But there is another possible reason for keeping it secret. Polls in our area show that a large majority of people are against fracking, and this is still a country of “we, the people,” not “we, the acres.”

Kathryn Kennedy
Kenoza Lake, NY