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July 29, 2014
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Bethel looks at drilling and fracking; joins neighboring towns in zoning pursuit


Noel van Swol, president of the Sullivan-Delaware Property Owners Association, said there are owners of about 20,000 acres of land in the town that “want and need” gas drilling. He said that board members should “compromise.” He said areas such as Smallwood, The Chapin Estate and White Lake could be protected, but he said, “Do not categorically ban gas drilling. You are going to harm a large number of permanent residents in these communities of yours … who are being driven out as far as work is concerned.”

The argument about whether drilling can be done safely continued, with drilling supporters saying it can be done safely, and opponents saying so far that has not been proven.

This is a democracy.

If the citizens want this, so be it. If they do not want this zoning, they should do something, but democracy needs participation as well as opposition. You get the government that you deserve.