Middletown planning hydrofracking survey

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Margaretville — The Town of Middletown has authorized a survey of residents and property owners to determine their views on hydraulic fracturing.

The board approved the survey at its July 9 meeting by a 3-1 vote. Supervisor Marge Miller and board members Michael Finberg and Brian Sweeney voted in favor of polling residents and Jake Rosa voted against the measure.

The survey is designed to provide a general overview of area residents’ feelings regarding the process more commonly known as “fracking.” The controversial practice involves the injection of various chemicals into deep rock formations to free natural gas for removal.
The board will use the results of the study to determine possible changes to its land use and zoning laws regarding this type of industry.

The survey will not be distributed on a town-wide basis, but will be available beginning July 25 on the town’s website (middletowndelawarecountyny.org). The survey will also be distributed at the Town Clerk’s office (42339 State Route 28, Margaretville) and it can also be obtained at the Skene and Fairview libraries in the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, respectively.
Requests to have the survey e-mailed as an attachment may be made by contacting Supervisor Miller at the following e-mail address: middsuper@catskill.net 

Completed surveys can be left at the town clerk’s office or faxed to 845 586-1775.
It is requested that residents fill out only one survey per person. The survey may be filled out by residents of any age. All answers will be kept confidential.
Respondents are asked to return the survey to the town clerk’s office by no later than October 14. Town Clerk Patty Kelly will compile the results by October 25 and results will be published in the Catskill Mountain News and on the town’s website.