There have been several items in the news of late which have left us thinking that it seems a culture of fear permeates this area. The first, “Seismic device fuels drilling theories,” which appeared in The Daily Star on Sept. 10 started with:
“A federally-funded seismic monitoring station being installed on a farm field in Middlefield has sparked both public curiosity and concern from anti-fracking activists who say they wonder if the research will help the energy industry find sites for injection wells.”
Exactly how one goes from monitoring seismic activity to thinking it heralds the coming of underground storage for fracking fluid quite escapes us. In fact, we thought it most interesting that there would be monitoring of seismic activity in this neck of the woods. Every time we have visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake we have been fascinated by watching the seismic activity there.
Also, it is possible to go to a government earthquake site, earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/, to check out current earthquakes in the country which register 2.5 or higher on the Richter scale. And while some days have more earthquakes than others, it is still amazing how many there are throughout the year.
The second issue that left us bemused was covered in The Daily Star article, “Town split by push for N.Y. historic status,” which appeared on Sept. 11. We gather one of the overriding concerns about adopting a historic district designation in Springfiled was, to quote one of those opposed, “We don’t want to end up like Cooperstown.” Unfortunately, this desire to not be like Cooperstown is something we have heard more than once. And while we would be more than willing to note that Cooperstown is no longer the community we moved to in 1982, we do still think that overall it is a great place to live and are always taken aback when people put forth the theory that Cooperstown is a place to avoid.