Gas Development News from NY

Blog, Energy, Les Routledge

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.