Community

Who is Marcellus Shale?

Region getting education about natural gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
The Central New York Landowners Association will bring a lawyer, a geologist and 55,000 acres of land to a forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Delaware Academy in Delhi to spread awareness of the gas-bearing formation called the Marcellus Shale, which is locked thousands of feet under the Catskills, and the complicated means of getting it out.


Greene Co. resorts feeling blue over "unfair" Belleayre competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Greene County interests remain relentless in their efforts to put Belleayre Mountain’s finances under a microscope. Last week that county’s legislature adopted a resolution urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill establishing an independent commission to examine competition in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.


Judge rules city must pay to protect water

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York must pay for all upgrades to private sewer systems that protect the quality of the Big Apple’s water supply in the region. That’s the decision by the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, which this month upheld a ruling by Delaware County’s State Supreme Court Justice Michael Coccoma, who last year agreed with the Coalition of Watershed Towns that the city needed to pay for maintenance and upgrades at Worcester Creameries, a dairy processing business in the Town of Roxbury.


WCPA pleased with comments on wind project

By Julia Green
The majority of comments submitted to the Roxbury Planning Board in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Moresville Wind Project support the Western Catskill Preservation Alliance’s (WCPA) assertion that the project is impossible as it is currently outlined, according to Ron Karam, president of the WCPA.


Landowners organizing to prepare for natural gas lease solicitations

By Matthew J. Perry
The pie-in-the-sky stories promise money beyond comprehension. In Texas, the savviest received $20,000 an acre. Royalties on productive wells can bring in thousands more to the luckiest. Land, once too expensive to farm or keep in the family, suddenly becomes the source of salvation.


Bread Alone burglary yields 18K in dough

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a larceny of roughly $18,000 in cash from the Bread Alone Bakery in Boiceville. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday.


Anderson pours it on to win county golf tourney

Order was restored in the Delaware County amateur golf world last weekend when DeLancey resident Brad Anderson shot a two-over-par, 54-hole score of 218 at the Delhi College Golf Course to capture the county championship for the seventh time.


Delaware Dems to meet July 23

The Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) will be holding its monthly meetings in different regions of the county. The next meeting, Wednesday, July 23, will be held at the Middletown Town Hall at 42339 state Highway 28 in Margaretville at 7 p.m.


Landowners' group to discuss gas leasing

The Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNYLC) will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Delaware Academy auditorium at 2 Sheldon Drive in Delhi. All Delaware County landowners interested in leasing their property for natural gas exploration are invited to attend.


Hamlet expansion may slow DEP land purchases

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hamlets throughout the Catskills have the chance of expanding their boundaries now that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has informed the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) of the opportunity.
The DEP’s land acquisition program is not allowed to solicit land within hamlets and is now willing to expand those hamlet areas designated in the 1997 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by up to one-half mile in every direction.


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