Gas drilling issues occupy county committees

NORWICH – County supervisors are still grappling over the appropriate forum for discussing the myriad of issues that surround the subject of natural gas drilling.

At a recent meeting of the Public Works Committee, Chairman Harry W. Conley, R-Sherburne, suggested that a fellow committee member’s questions about seismic testing and environment-related concerns be addressed only during Natural Gas Advisory Committee meetings. The latter, which has been meeting monthly, was created this summer to develop policies and protocols to address the natural gas issues facing the county.

Supervisor James B. Bays expressed discontent that executives from a locally-operating natural gas company did not make an appearance at the committee’s October meeting, as previously requested. Chenango County Public Works Director Randy Gibbon said he made several calls to the gas company before receiving an e-mail that declined the offer.

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