Of course, the governor can take his new position on natural gas without worrying that fracking will come to Vermont any time soon. As we understand it, Vermont is not known for its shale formations.
Unfortunately, if the current batch of letters to the editor against fracking are any indication, local anti attitudes on this topic have not changed greatly, if at all. In fact, in some ways we almost think they have gotten worse as there seems to be little willingness to even acknowledge that since the debate has begun, technology in the gas drilling industry has continued to evolve.
Plus the anti-natural gas campaign started out as one basically against natural gas development anywhere in New York State. Now those opposed to drilling have also taken up a hue and cry against even using natural gas in this part of New York State. It seems pipelines are now being thought to be every bit as evil as gas wells.
Thus we can but conclude that those so opposed to natural gas have no problem what so ever in having this part of New York in a state of perpetual pastoral poverty, leaving local governments unable to provide services, such as Otsego Manor, to the their residents. No doubt they seem not to care about the burden placed on schools, businesses and even residents by the cost of energy. Nor do they seem willing to acknowledge the fact that both gas wells and pipelines are taxed as real property which puts additional tax dollars in the school districts and local governments in which such undertakings are located. One has to wonder if those so opposed to natural gas are in a position of not having to worry about what it costs to live in the area.
Sadly, not everyone has the luxury of not worrying about the cost of living here. In fact, the real fear might not be natural gas but rather that the area might slip from perpetual pastoral poverty to an unending pastoral wasteland. It is not, we think, a pleasant thought.