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December 03, 2016
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Cochecton considers road use agreement

Maas sees it differently, “I don’t agree with that. I don’t think that is exactly the purpose. The purpose is to protect the roads.”

That prompts the question: What if the law is passed and fracking doesn’t happen? Maas said that the expanding Town of Bethel, one of the eight that helped create the law, is backing out of the law now. New construction is requisite for growth, so if passed, the fear of triggering the law and having to pay for damages could deter companies from taking the chance of building there.

“Bethel is certainly a growing community and possibly a mall, or large business would go in there and trip the mechanism [law]. They were concerned about that kind of situation,” said Maas.

As for fracking in New York State, Maas said, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) admitted that Superstorm Sandy has halted the health impact study. The November 29 deadline for the governor’s decision, which he said will be linked to the DEC’s recommendation, is quickly approaching. If missed, the whole process would start over, including further public comment. According to Maas, “Gas drilling isn’t coming to New York anytime soon.” But apparently, the Road Use Law is.