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October 24, 2016
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Getting gas drilling done

We had petitions, and now we have lawyers and FOIA requests. Does anyone think that such a course will be over quickly? Does anyone think that all the people worried about the risks of fracking have no reason to be worried and that all the courts to be involved will just summarily dismiss their cases? Does anyone think the legal powerhouses arraying against horizontal fracking are inexperienced or stupid or can be outspent? Does anyone think we can afford the decade or more of brutal legal bills to take on these formidable opponents? And even if we had all the money in the world and hired the best bulldog attorneys, would winning make the risks go away?

Whether we like them or not, whether we agree with them or not, some thoughtful and intelligent people see the risks as significant and real. Until we turn down the volume and start respectfully listening, until we focus on the specifics, and unless we can arrive at solutions upon which all can agree, no benefits of fracking will be realized here.

My heartfelt sympathies to Noel van Swol’s family and friends.

Paul Hindes
Kenoza Lake, NY

[Paul Hindes, a former Wall Street executive, is an active investor in the stock market where he pays attention to global energy markets. From 2008-2010, he was a volunteer with the Multi-Municipal Task Force (MMTF), which consists of eight Sullivan County towns working together to create uniform road preservation laws. These laws are intended to protect town roads during the higher levels of use in large-scale industrial activity, including gas drilling.]