August 14, 2012 —
Following a town board resolution in the Town of Delaware that supports the right of residents to lease their land for gas drilling, Delaware Concerned Citizens has sent a petition to approximately 1,300 taxpayers titled “You Don’t Speak for Me!”
The Delaware petition reads, “As a taxpayer in the Town of Delaware, I wish to reply to the town board’s resolution of June 20, 2012 inviting the gas industry to come to our town.
“1. You passed a resolution invoking ‘property rights’ which doesn’t include everyone’s property rights. People who want to lease and people who don’t want to lease have property rights that deserve to be respected and protected by local government.
“2. You do not make hydro-fracking “safe and responsible” by passing a resolution saying you want it to be.
“3. The resolution was hastily decided without notice to residents and an opportunity to be heard. “The resolution does not represent my views.”