We must say that we are also puzzled by the letter to the editor that appeared in last week’s paper and seemed to indicate that the proximity of pipelines in an area would increase the probability of drilling for natural gas. In fact the writer declares that “Pipelines make it all happen.” Yet when we asked our very own family geophysicist if she ever considered location of pipelines when deciding where a gas well should be drilled, we were told, after she stopped laughing, absolutely not. As we suspected decisions on where to drill for natural gas are dictated by the geology, not the pipelines, of the area.
Besides, according to our sources, there are more than 800 miles of natural gas lines in Otsego County, including a 30” pipeline and an 8” pipeline. So if all it takes to drill for natural gas is to have pipelines, we would think the drilling would have started long since. And that does not seem to be the case.
Quite frankly, we have no idea what decisions will be made in the future regarding pipelines, compressed natural gas or natural gas drilling. But we would hope that everyone would support the need to review and consider new technology and techniques before asking others to dismiss them. To us to do so seems quite beyond the pale.
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