Mayberry, New York, located in the colorful Southern Tier has passed a home rule ordinance to not pass a home rule road use ordinance or land use ordinance.
“Basically, we just want to get fracked. Pretty much everywhere,” said Mayor Gomer Fudge. “No road use ordinances. No land use ordinances. Just frack it up.” He chuckled. “My farm first. The misses and me want to move the hell out of here to Florida. . .”
He looked down the road. “We don’t want Van Etten, Bath or Colesville to get more fracked up than we are. Fair is fair. Mayberry’s standards have always been lower than theirs.”
Mayberry has gone other towns better by voting to cease to exist as a municipal authority. “What’s the point ? ” coughing up phlegm. “We’re almost there anyway. . . ”
“We believe the DEC will protect us,” said the Mayor, who is also the town road use supervisor and a paving contractor. “I’m mean, they said they’d try real hard. . . ”
He spat and continued, “We don’t see no reason to have road use ordinances when the frackers say they’ll build us new roads after we get fracked. We need new roads. So let’s frack the ones we have. ”
The Mayor guffawed, “And what’s the point of a land use plan ?” He looked out into the verdant trees and waved his hand expansively, chortling. “Looks the same to me. Frack it all !”
He added, “We got the idea from a buch of smart fellers at Clean Growth Now. They said if towns don’t do nothing, the frackers will come sooner. And we damn sure want to be fracked.”
Winking,”For a certain consideration, we won’t enforce the fire code or write speeding tickets neither. . . . know what I mean ? ”
He shook a cigarette out. “We thought about changing the town name to Frackville. Like over yonder in Pennsylvania. But Willy here come up with a better idea. Tell ’em Willy.”
Town attorney, treasurer, and sheriff, Willy Frackham of the firm of Frackham, Freely and Howe added: “Once we voted to do nothing about fracking, we decided to go Colesville one better.”
Taking a drag on his cigarette, Frackham coughed and continued, “So we voted to disband the town. Which I think it’s legal under New York Municipal Statute 1066 the way I read it. Since we were not going to protect the town from fracking, we could have been liable when the town gets fracked. By disbanding the town, we eliminate that responsibility. ”
The Mayor interrupted with a grin, “No town taxes. No responsibility. Just frack baby frack, 24/7. Whooeee. We want the frackers to know: The fields and forests and streams and houses and farms where the Town of Mayberry formerly stood is ready for a good frackin’. No questions asked.”
Willy Frackham coughed, “The frackers were going to act like the town wasn’t here anyway. So now it won’t be.” His voice trailed off, “It wasn’t much of a town to begin with. . . ”
Tonight, 10-May-12, the Van Etten Town Council passed Resolution 57-2012 not to pursue any HVHF moratoria or bans.In that the resolution was handwritten, copies were not made available to the public.Vote:Supervisor Keturi Aye Resolution SecondCouncilmember Shoemaker Aye Resolution SponsorCouncilmember St. Angelo NayCouncilmember Pietillia AyeCouncilmember Lesh AbsentRationale:
- Town will fix all damaged roads
- Town does not want to control people’s property.
- Town unable to fund any litigation actions resultant from land owners regarding land use restrictions.
- Town will rely on DEC for regulations to protect environment.
- Supervisor Keturi stated that he made a field trip to Pennsylvania and determined that the one farmer who had contaminated water after HVHF had “crappy water” before HVHF.Discussion:
- Councilman St. Angelo stated:
- Town Fire company will be at risk.
- Does not agree with compulsory integration.
Colesville board opposes gas drilling ban
Resolution did not appear on meeting agenda8:35 PM, May. 4, 2012 |
COLESVILLE — With only one resident in attendance Thursday night, the Colesville Town Board staked out a position against banning natural gas drilling.
One by one, municipalities with less critical views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas have quietly passed resolutions that counter the dozens of others local governments in New York state — including the City of Binghamton — that have enacted the temporary or permanent bans on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
“It basically says the town is going to let the state do what the state is doing, and we’re going to wait until they’re done and see what their findings are,” said Councilman Glen Winsor. “Obviously, they have more expertise in it than we do.”
Councilman Steve Flagg said it doesn’t make sense for Colesville to “ban something that hasn’t been written,” referring to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s ongoing effort to draft permitting guidelines for hydraulic fracturing.
“I’m not saying for gas or against gas,” Flagg said. “All I’m saying is I’m not going to make that decision until I’ve had a chance to let the experts weigh in on the law.”
Along with the towns of Conklin and Windsor, Colesville is one of at least three municipalities that have so far passed the same motion.
The resolution, passed unanimously by all three boards, states that a ban would be an “irresponsible and premature misallocation of town resources” until the DEC completes its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
The text of the resolutions was brought to a number of local governments in the region by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York. Others are expected to vote on the resolution in the coming weeks.
“We put it together, and it’s just to show support for gas drilling in New York state,” said JLCNY president Dan Fitzsimmons. “There’s enough bans going on, and I think it’s time that people show support too.”
The resolutions against drilling bans counter local laws that either temporarily or permanently ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Because most bans are in areas where geology is not favorable to shale gas drilling, or urban areas like Buffalo where drilling is unlikely, they were once considered mostly symbolic.
However, recent discussion has shifted to whether the state will take those positions into consideration.
In a statement to Gannett’s Albany Bureau last month, Sen. Thomas W. Libous, R-Binghamton, said the state may take into consideration whether regions of the state show opposition to fracking.
“I believe they’re going to look at areas of the state where there is Marcellus Shale, where there is potential for drilling in areas of the state that are going to be open to it,” Libous said. “It just doesn’t make sense for them to do it elsewhere, and I think there are enough areas of the state that would be open to it.”
While the ability of local governments to ban drilling in their borders has been subject to court challenges, two state Supreme Court decisions in March upheld their legality. Both are under appeal.
While most municipal actions concerning fracking are surrounded by debate from residents, Colesville’s resolution was passed quietly Thursday night before an audience of one.
Margaret Goodfellow said a copy of the resolution was passed out after other town business had been taken care of and all other residents had left except her. There was a break of about five minutes before the vote was cast.
“They kind of did it under the table, under the radar,” Goodfellow said. “It should have been on the agenda.”
Winsor, who introduced the resolution, said it wasn’t placed on the agenda because it wasn’t “normal town business,” like paying the bills or paving the roads.
Because it was a resolution and not a local law, no public hearing was required.
“I brought it up during general discussion during the business part of our meeting,” Winsor said, “and our Town Supervisor (Ed Mosher) asked for a recess so everybody had ample time to review it.”
Bob Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, said state Open Meetings Law doesn’t have any requirements about meeting agendas.
However, Freeman said the law “requires that a resolution that is scheduled to be discussed in public is supposed to be disclosed, when the board has the ability to do so, in advance of the meeting” by placing it online or providing it in response to requests under the state Freedom of Information Law.
These “frack me” resolutions are simply collaborating with frackers – “turning Vichy “