Highland to hold hearing on proposed law
Reber continued, “I’ve lived here for 65 years and these rules and regulations go against my grain. We were offered a $5 million contract from Cabot Oil and Gas two years ago, which we turned down. We’re concerned about the environment as much as anybody, but we want the ability to sell our mineral rights in the future and keep our club solvent for another 88 years.”
Eldred resident John Thomas Vogt said he would like to see gas drilling employment opportunities closer to home. Since 2008, Vogt has worked for the gas industry in Pennsylvania, staking out roads, water impoundments and pipelines in Susquehanna, Sullivan and Bradford counties. Born and raised in Eldred, Vogt attended Glen Spey’s Homestead School and graduated from Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks.
The 24-year-old said he believes that gas extraction can be done safely but that “there are better ways to frack.” While acknowledging the recent blowup of the Lathrop Compressor Station in Springville Township, PA, Vogt said the only incident he personally experienced was a fuel truck spill. “You can’t believe all the bad things you hear,” he said. “I don’t want anything bad to happen. I love to hunt and I want to be able to stay here, so I want to see it done the right way.”
In other matters, the Town of Highland Health Fair is scheduled for April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the town has set its Spring Cleanup Day for May 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The Republican primary will be conducted from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on April 24. Details are available at 845/557-6085.