UDC: new members and a spirit of cooperation for 2012
McGuinness said he had also spoken with Lackawaxen Township Supervisor Brian Stuart. “I feel pretty confident that this is all going to work out,” he added. The UDC voted to send the letter, with Peckham and Lackawaxen Township representative John McKay abstaining.
The council also approved a letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on its draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The letter had been defeated at the UDC’s December meeting following a divisive discussion, and sent back to committee.
The revised letter, which requests that “no permits for natural gas well pads, or ancillary facilities, be approved within the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor,” along with several additional points, was approved without further discussion. It also opposes “any state regulations that diminish towns’ existing home rule authorities or jeopardize private property rights.”
A third letter, to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, asks for a veto of Senate Bill 1100 and House Bill 1950 amending the Oil and Gas Act, and “any other legislative attempt to centralize authority that is properly vested at the local level,” and was also approved by the UDC. Copies of all three letters are available at the UDC office on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg or by calling 845/252-3022.
In other matters, Delaware River Basin Commission Executive Director (DRBC) Carol Collier said that the organization expects to “know a path forward” in several weeks regarding its proposed natural gas regulations, which were stalled by DRBC commissioners in late 2011.
William Rudge of the DEC said that a marine fishing registry is being implemented to provide more accurate data on migratory fish populations. An illegal tilapia fish aquaculture operation that was constructed on Big Island near Callicoon has been shut down and is in the process of being restored to its prior condition. The NPS has contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is conducting an investigation related to wildlife that died when it became trapped in netting installed over the excavated ponds.
Acting executive director Laurie Ramie noted that the council’s website has become an “attack site,” which may install viruses on computers attempting to access it. Ramie urged caution while the site is being repaired.