Intent of county's gas committee questioned

NORWICH – A committee that has been monitoring natural gas development activity for the Chenango County Board of Supervisors was questioned this week by those calling for a moratorium on drilling.

A free-lance writer who specializes in the fields of technology, economics and the environment wrote a letter to the board suggesting that, in addition to the county’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee, formed in 2008, a separate, more public safety-focused task force be formed.

In a letter read aloud to the board Tuesday, Susana Schwartz of Sherburne wrote that the current committee addressed the “very important issue of short-term monetization of natural gas,” but needs to be supported by another entity that would provide objective, independent “subject matter experts” such as geologists, water and soil experts, public safety officials, and scientists to address the public’s safety concerns.

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