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August 27, 2014
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Let’s get it right

By Thomas Kappner

I grew up in areas where extractive industries were dominant, and I have examined their economics in my academic career. The pattern I have observed in almost all instances is a boom period whereby some locals, usually a very small group, benefit while most of the wealth flows out. After the resource is exhausted, the local environment is left devastated and the population impoverished.

I would like to see what the long-term costs will be for us. Let’s examine what happens in communities where the industry has been operating for three or four decades.

We have an opportunity, if we do it the right way, to lay the basis for informed decisions that will benefit the town as whole. Let’s not rush into something we may live to regret. The gas will still be here in 20 or 30 years, and worth a lot more.

As I said at the conclusion of my remarks at July’s meeting: I hope that cooler heads prevail and that the future prospects of this beautiful town are protected so that the generations to come will have a future to enjoy. I think we should all take a cue from our highway superintendent, Bill Eschenberg, when he said we all need to listen to each other and come together for our own good.

[Thomas Kappner is a resident of the Town of Delaware, NY.]
of this beautiful town are protected so that the generations to come will have a future to enjoy. I think we should all take a cue from our highway superintendent, Bill Eschenberg, when he said we all need to listen to each other and come together for our own good.
[Thomas Kappner is a resident of the Town of Delaware, NY.]