Gas Development News from NY

Blog, Commentary, Energy, Les Routledge, Rural

The NY Times has reported on social conflict emerging in rural areas over natural gas development.

This situation sounds like a replay of the hog issue here in Manitoba.   I have also seen this story play out in wind energy development.

The common feature I have observed is the as more people in an area earn income from sources other than natural resources, they tend to increase their opposition to development (including tourism assets).

As a small farmer, I do not like to be perceived as one of these NIMBY objectors.  From my perspective, there is no reason why I cannot live in harmony with natural resource enterprises like oil, gas, mineral or intense ag production operations.  Indeed, I would be at the front of the line to work with these types of companies as long as they respect my need to live and make a living from my land.