NYS Democratic Chair has come to a remarkable conclusion.
Jay Jacobs has committed a cardinal sin. He has signed a contract with Hess Corp and received per-acre money upfront to drill 140 acres of land at his Tyler Hill summer camp in Pennsylvania. His claims of doing his own research and coming up with an honest conclusion will not sit well with those in his party. You have to respect the man for taking this position. It will likely cost him his job.
"Many things that we do in modern society have the potential to destroy the environment, and we can't stop doing everything because of minuscule risks. It's when those risks become significant that we have to stop," said Jacobs.
"My belief is if we can extract natural gas, which is a cleaner form of energy, from our land, reducing the import of foreign oil and the cash flowing out of our country, and make for cleaner air, improve the economy and not damage the water, I'm for it," Jacobs continued.
"We have to be rational here, not emotional. If it's going to destroy people's water, I'm against it, too. But I've been led to believe that there are definite ways if you do this right not to destroy the water."
Some have argued, myself included, that the opponents to hydrofracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale have reached the maximal point of influence and this would help in confirming this suspicion.
Otsego ProActive Network is in search of the elusive middle ground in natural gas development. With democratic party leadership like Mr. Jacobs, they may just find it.
Cross Posted at Lonely Conservative