February 5, 2013 from: Diane Jeffer
Comment: The Binghamton Press chose not to print my letter, but I thought you might be interested in hearing about our experience with Mayor Ryan last November.
I recently made arrangements for property owners in our lake community in Silver Lake Township, PA to have a private tour of the gas drilling rig near our lake which is operated by WPX Energy. To my surprise, two gentlemen slipped into our group after our tour had begun and began asking questions of our tour guide. My surprise turned to disbelief when I learned that one of these men was Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton.
I’m not sure how Mr. Ryan learned about our private tour, but I’m pretty sure that he knew that he had not been invited and that it was not a public event. Given his high-profile role in the Binghamton community, it is inconceivable that he did not realize that it was inappropriate for him to crash our private tour. This behavior was dishonest and sneaky to say the least.
Mr. Ryan, for your information, the people touring the rig on Friday have spent more than two years asking questions and doing our own research. Representatives of the gas companies working in Silver Lake Township have taken time to attend our Lake Association meetings and have always been available to answer any questions we have posed.
Our lake community includes many families that have owned property in Silver Lake Township for multiple generations. We are all protective of our pristine lake environment and have done our homework regarding the impact of gas drilling near our lake. Our private tour was not the proper forum for your agenda-driven questions and comments.
Sincerely, Diane Jeffer