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October 24, 2014
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Damascus Township

Do you think gas drilling is a positive opportunity for the town, and if not, what do you think the other opportunities are?

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

It is the individual right of landowners to lease their land for drilling, but we don't live in isolation. Individuals are still accountable to neighbors and the community for the impact of activity on their land, water, and air.

To view gas drilling as the salvation for our township is dangerous in many regards. All impacts should be taken into consideration. My vision for all the residents entails a common-ground “sit down” with all views presented by professionals and then the whole community making informed choices, within the limits of the state law, for the benefit of all.

Damascus Township has historically availed itself of the land resources for its commerce; timbering, agriculture and mining along with the entrepreneurial community support services such as accounting, doctors, mechanics, equipment sales, camps, neighborhood stores and realty. Developing other, sustainable business opportunities must become a major discussion. Support for development of niche farming, artisanal food production, recreational facilities, developing new entrepreneurial businesses, vacation businesses (camps, spas, retreats) as well as retirement/health facilities can build on the resources we have in abundance; fertile land, exceptional water, clean air, scenic beauty, and proximity to large urban populations. Our river has been acknowledged as the PA River of the Year and should be appreciated as a priceless resource