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December 19, 2014
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Bethel moves forward with drilling ban; Dryden decision discussed


In public comments after the presentation, Al Larson, one of the founders of the Rural Bethel Landowner Coalition predicted, like many others who have been observing the progression of gas drilling in the state, that the decision would be appealed. He said, “I am certain that we haven’t heard the end of it; it will go to the appellate division.”
The majority of the residents who have attended the meetings have been in support of the drilling ban, but Larson has urged that it be banned only in the eastern part of the town where, in his view, it is not likely to happen anyway, and allowed to go forward in the western part of the town where there is a strong need for the money drilling could bring.

There will be a public hearing on the zoning amendment on March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Duggan Community Center in White Lake.