Sullivan County Hosts Third Forum on “Understanding Gas Drilling”   

(Monticello) - County Manager David P Fanslau has announced that on Thursday, August 19th, the Sullivan County Legislature will present the final public forum on natural gas development of the Marcellus Shale, under the series “Understanding Gas Drilling.” This last panel is designed to address the potential economic development impacts communities could experience as a result of natural gas development.

This third event in the series of Public Forums, “Understanding Gas Drilling,” will take place in the Monticello High School Auditorium, 237 Forestburgh Road (State Rte. 42) in Monticello, NY, Thursday, August 19th.   The event will run from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM.  It is free and open to the public.

“This final Public Forum in the series will focus on “Economic Development and Community Impacts” through reports on and from communities experiencing natural gas development, “said Legislator Kathleen LaBuda, Chair of the Planning, Environmental Management, and Real Property Committee.  Speakers include Jannette Barth of the economic consulting firm, J.M. Barth & Associates, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; Jeffrey Jacquet of Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Marcellus Shale Team”; Craig Sautner, resident of Dimmock, PA, and Anthony J. Ventello, Executive Director of Progress Authority of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Towanda, PA.

“Each of the three Public Forums has been planned to address a different set of topics through a panel of professional experts and others with relevant experience,” added LaBuda. The first forum in the series, which focused on Property and Landowner issues, was held on Tuesday, June 29.  At that event, a panel of three speakers made presentations on the basics of gas drilling and pipeline development, with regard to leasing ones land for drilling and the extent of municipal control afforded under state law. Speakers were Chris Denton, who heads the Denton Law Office in Elmira, New York, Bradd Vickers, President of the Chenango County Farm Bureau and Todd Mathes, an attorney with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, LLP.

The second forum in the series was held on Thursday, July 15 and focused on Environmental and Health Concerns.  A panel of speakers made presentations on the potential health and environmental risks associated with natural gas development, the current status of New York State’s proposed regulations, and industry practices designed to mitigate potential hazards. Speakers were Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University; Dr. Adam Law, MD, a specialist in endocrinology and metabolic medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York; Kate Sinding, Deputy Director of Urban East Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Paul Hartman, Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s NYS Director of Government Relations.

The June 29 and July 15 forums were video-archived; these and future archives can be seen via the County’s website at:

These sessions will be moderated by Planning Commissioner Luiz C. Aragon and will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the panelists.


For additional information, contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, Tel. 845-807-0527, or Email:
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