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News from Otsego 2000: Gas Drilling, Historic Preservation Awards, Shopping Close to Home

September 14, 2011
Otsego 2000
September 2011
Preserving What We Have
History Agriculture Views Environment
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Revised Draft SGEIS Still Cause for Concern
2011 Historic Preservation Awards
On the Farm, In the Garden Photo Contest
Essay/Art Contest: Through Our Eyes
Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop
Historic Buildings Damaged by Flooding?
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Johnston's Road Summer Morning

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we were heralding the arrival of the first spring vegetables at the Farmers’ Market and dancing to Levon Helm and Arlo Guthrie at Ommegang’s Anti-Fracking concert. While summer for many means a day at the beach, this year we’ve all had our work cut out for us as we strive to protect our Otsego region’s many, many cultural, historical, environmental and agricultural assets. We couldn’t do it without your financial and moral support, and for that we are very grateful.

Read on for the latest on gas drilling, historic preservation, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, and more. And as always, do not hesitate to give us a call or drop a line if you have a question, concern, or idea for protecting and preserving what we have!

Best regards,

Ellen Pope
Executive Director

No Drill No SpillRevised Draft SGEIS on Gas Drilling Still Serious Cause for Concern

Otsego 2000 to hold workshop on writing comments; Wiki created on dSGEIS flaws

The DEC released the final revised draft of the SGEIS on gas drilling on September 9th, and we believe the it is still significantly deficient in addressing the many negative impacts that large scale industrial gas extraction would have on our rural, agricultural economy and environment (the draft does not address potential health impacts). From insufficient setbacks from drinking water sources to inadequate mitigation measures for economic impacts, from DEC asserting it has control over well-siting to an over-reliance on outdated data (floodplain maps, proved reserves estimates, etc), this draft is simply nowhere near ready to be finalized. Further, the DEC plans to issue draft regulations in October, at the same time it is receiving public comments that should guide the drafting of those regulations. So, we have our fall reading all planned.

Interested citizens can access the draft here

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