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August 31, 2016
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Cochecton residents want protection from gas drilling

Supervisor Gary Maas said that Shepstone was hired for the task before gas drilling became a very big issue in the town, and that the bulk of the work on the plan had been completed more than a year ago.

Not everyone was on the same side of the issue. Resident Bill Boucher said some residents had no choice to gain income other than by leasing their land to pay for the necessities of life. He said, “I’m going to put a damn rig right next to the school, because I’ve got 94 acres up there.”

At the end of the meeting, Maas thanked everyone for their comments and for being civil. He said the board would seriously consider the comments before taking a vote on the matter.