Newton Township is holding a public meeting on Monday September 19, 2011 at 7PM. The purpose of the meeting is to allow input on gas drilling within the Township. Those interested in speaking need to contact the Township at 587-1520 to be put on the agenda. So-called professionals will get 15 minutes to speak everyone else gets 5 minutes.
Many of you have attended meetings regarding gas leasing in the past. The meetings were good and informative explaining the pros and cons and what to watch for. As a result some property owners obtained good gas leases. Be forewarned this meeting is not likely to be anything like the nice constructive meetings that we had in the past and it is not about obtaining leases.
Recently a small vocal group called Community Counts that is affiliated with an out of town environmental group tried to push an illegal ordinance on Newton Township. CC gave Newton Township an ordinance to ban gas drilling two days before the Townships monthly meeting in May. Then they stormed the meeting demanding that the Township adopt the ordinance. More information regarding the incident is available here.
The ordinance was reviewed by the Township’s solicitor and at the June monthly meeting the solicitor advised the supervisors that among other things the ordinance was unenforceable and could get the Township into a lot of trouble. The supervisors also gave the ordinance to the Planning agency and the newly formed Gas & Oil Committee for their input. At the August supervisors meeting, the committee advised against the ordinance.
The Community Counts group is extremely disruptive. They hijacked several meetings demanding that the Township adopt their illegal ordinance and accused the Township supervisors of not caring about our community. They have spread misinformation, scare tactics and outright lies throughout our community to gain supporters. The group’s latest tactic is to change our local government, remove our supervisors and put people in place that will adopt illegal ordinances with total disregard of laws and people’s rights.
Earlier this year I wrote about the SAPA scam and how it is designed to take away the rights of property owners in Newton Township. Supporting documents were attached and are still available on the main page of our website. At the same time I also warned that it would just be a matter of time before someone would try to take away your gas rights too. Gas and oil belongs to the property owners not the gas company.
Well, SAPA is rearing its ugly head again and the Tree Huggers are out in full force. The Saps and Huggers intent is to take away our rights and if we don’t do something about that they will do it. Protect your property rights or you will lose them.
The problem is that property owners and business people have no representation in Newton Township. We need to form an official group to represent us and then we can take official action and put the Saps and Huggers in their place.