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May 03, 2016
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Cochecton residents want protection regarding 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.

Apparently not "obstructionists"

Apparently, as well, the natural comes from a long line of flying pigs, and yes, the New Jersey Legislature has banned, flying pigs.

Congratulations, and thanks, to the New Jersey Legislature.


I so enjoyed the above article as a perfect example of American democracy at work. In the column at the right of the page are frantic advertisements urging the public to "get in now while there is still time", while at the meeting itself the dialogue runs from "Why would you have hired a fox to design the henhouse" concerning the zoning laws to "the devil with your damn children, Ill put a gas well in their cradle if I want" It is wonderful how the presence of a pile of oil company cash can strip any facade of decency, honesty, humanity and integrity from a good portion of the public.
I would like to direct the attention of all involved to todays New York Times article concerning the subject. It seems that the entire thing might turn out to be just the latest fantastically complicated scam to sell investors on a process that will in the near future run out of gas quite literally. It will soon leave everyone except the elect wiseguys at the top holding the proverbial bag. The rest of us can then figure out how to clean up the mess they and their supporters made of OUR environment. Stand by for the "bundling" of worthless gas leases into worthless investment securities for sale thru GoldenSacks. The "Music Man" has returned to River City .

While not totally inaccurate

the headline does state that Cochecton residents want portection regarding gas drilling. The headline could also state that Cochecton residents do not want protection regarding gas drilling. Some do and some do not. This headline is misleading. Perhaps a qualifier like some residents, or if you have the numbers (not voodoo math) that most want it, state that. One might think that all residents are concerned when one reads this headline. Some cynics might think that is the desired impression.

Natural wants shale gas extraction...

But, the New Jersey Senate just voted 33-1 to BAN hydraulic fracturing in the State of New Jersey. How could the Assembly not follow after that? How could the Republican, Governor Christie, still support drilling in the Delaware River Basin after these votes?

If this develops, perhaps Cochecton, which certainly is in the Delaware River Basin, will receive real protection from Hydraulic Fracturing.

Natural always likes to cockle doodle do, that shale gas extraction is inevitable. In that, he joins the minority Marianettes in their chorus, "it's inevitable, it's inevitable"!

It's a long haul, and we shall see. One day at a time.

Wow, the Assembly passed it overwhelmingly too

I'm told that the NJ Assembly just passed the ban by a vote of 55 to 11, with 8 abstentions. This is AN OVERWHELMING
STATEMENT by the NJ legislature. It doesn't matter if Christie vetoes it, the majority is authoritative.

This is very interesting. Eleven months ago, the Marianettes were crowing how New Jersey was on their side.

Very interesting, indeed. Add to this, the New York AG's lawsuit against the Federal part of the DRBC...

Elephant hunting is next!

Jersey banned something they do not do. That takes nerve and leadership. Jersey has always been at the forefront of environmental issues. They are considering banning flying pigs and thoughtful obstructionists as well.

Maas comment on Shepstone

"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."

The above sentence is, simply put, ridiculous. Tom Shepstone has been a member of NWPOA for a few years, and NWPOA signed its lease with Hess/Newfield in September/October/November, of 2009. That signing alone, is more than one and one half years ago. Tom Shepstone has been a firm supporter of shale gas extraction and drilling for several years, which makes the statement by Mr. Maas, again, ridiculous.

Gas drilling became a "huge" issue in the area, in late 2007, early 2008. Is Mr. Maas a supervisor in the town of "Wonderland", or Cochecton?