An Open Letter to the Fenton Planning Board

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist


Vic Furman writes an open letter to the Town of Fenton Planning Board in Broome County, New York in support of the NG Advantage natural gas terminal project.

Dear Planning Board Members;

You have made the correct decision in permitting NG Advantage to establish a natural gas transfer station on a service road already zoned industrial by the Town of Fenton. Stick to it!

My name is Victor Furman, I am a resident of Broome County and Chenango Forks, admittedly not of Fenton, but I have attended your meetings on the proposed site and was there when you voted for approval.

My interest is not as one who will profit from NG Advantage personally as I have no financial interest in the company but, rather, as one who wishes to see this county grow its jobs and tax base.  We see an exodus of our youth and their parents fleeing high taxes and inopportunity to states that do not hold themselves prisoners to fear. They seek to escape those who would rally against local town boards to intimidate and suppress common sense actions that offer hope of reversing the loss of residents by bringing high paying jobs here and giving our youth a glimpse of a future worth staying for.

Fenton Planning Board

I was not intimidated by the hateful remarks made to me by senior citizens like myself at the Port Crane Fire Hall meeting. I ignored their remarks about my family as I showed my support for your original 100% correct decision to permit the NG Advantage facility.

I am, however, perplexed by the comments made about my residency and right to be supportive of NG Advantage. I support this opportunity for our community as a Broome County resident who is very well versed in the benefits of clean burning natural gas and the fear mongering of those who believe we should “keep it in the ground.” Let me, therefore, share with others what you may already know from the recent meetings.

There was, at the outset, no opposition to the transfer station even though your meetings and the project were advertised. You had been meeting on the NG Advantage project since the beginning of the year. The decision to permit hit the news and, only then, did the anti-anything-fossil-fuel crowd mobilize to attend the Fenton Planning Board meetings. Like me, they were from out of town, even out of state. They came in your community, our community, with stories about compressor stations because they had no transfer stations and didn’t seem to know or care about the difference.

They don’t care about Fenton or Broom County, for that matter. They’re ideologues who couldn’t care less about Fenton or Broome both of which are dying. The most recent Census estimate for 2016 gives Fenton a population of but 6,446 people, some 218 families less then just 6 years earlier in 2010 when Fenton had a population of 6,674 people. The Town has lost over 300 people—over 50 people per year—and, at this rate, will soon need no schools because there won’t be any children. This is what the Fenton Planning Board needs to plan around; how to avoid this calamity.

Like most upstate towns, villages and cities, the Town of Fenton is seeing families fleeing New York not just because of high taxes, but also because of the lack of jobs, over-regulation and environmental extremism that has impeded the betterment of the environment through relentless fear-mongering.  I refer to the intimidating letters and phone calls you have received on the permitting of NG Advantage.

The cry of the anti is now “I am not against natural gas, just the location of the proposed site and I fear for the children.” Being involved in pro gas activism since 2008, I have seen this cry many times in many venues and I sympathize with those who have real concerns but are not educated on the facts. That is the case here and many others simply want to avoid the facts.

Just look at the bus tour offered by NG Advantage. Only 11 people took advantage of this educational tour that would have put the fears of many to rest. This was noted at the Port Crane Fire Hall along with the impeccable safety record of NG Advantage.

Clearly, the safety of children should never be compromised for the purpose of profit. However, after listening to the community and learning about NG Advantage as the father of four and grandfather of 11, that’s not the situation here—not even close. I would never put a child at risk for the sake of profit or personal gain and I can say with confidence the children are in more danger of being hit by a train in the backyard of the school or drowning in the river then being a victim of an explosion at NG Advantage’s site.

I close this letter commending the board for its due diligence in permitting NG Advantage. I sincerely hope that, as local officials in place to serve the community, you do not cave into the intimidation and fear-mongering tactics you have regrettably faced due to the highly paid ($2.1 million and counting from the Park and Rockefeller families) activism of Walter Hang from Ithaca or what they say are the volunteer efforts of Vera Scroggins from Pennsylvania and William Huston from the Town of Binghamton.

Fenton Planning Board

Walter Hang’s payments from the Park and Rockefeller families up through 2014.

Stand strong to your commitment to growth and prosperity for your community and mine! NG Advantage is not just local jobs. Their facility will grow jobs local to us and the northeast by providing cheaper fuel through a virtual pipeline that is most needed and planned for an almost ideal industrially zoned site. Walter Hang and other well paid community fear-mongers couldn’t care less about destroying lives and jobs. Indeed, they work for extraordinarily rich families who would celebrate the destruction of Upstate New York’s economy so they could have everything for themselves. Don’t let it happen. Plan for the future of Fenton, not its destruction.

Respectfully Yours,

Victor Furman

Broome County

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11 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Fenton Planning Board

  1. You need to delete the lie that I and Bill Huston are paid..
    We are not paid by any foundations.
    We use our own funds to travel, tape,and document and share our information on gas development and
    Compressed gas terminal in my county…
    Keep to the facts and stop smearing and defaming those who do not share your views…

    • Vic didn’t say you were paid, only Walter Hang, who is paid a fortune by the Parks and Rockefellers. This has been clarified with an edit but I note you did charge for your tours, didn’t you, Vera? I think it was $15 per person, wasn’t it?

      • Unless Vera goes old school by using wax tablets to take notes and walks to meetings far from home, she most likely is dependent on petroleum based products in some way or another. Any smearing appears to be self induced.

      • Just one more example of how the jealous wannabe-fracers that constitute the incrowd of this Cabot-sycophanting blog, such as Mr. Shepstone, have no credibility when it comes to their “reports” of who bankrolls the various “anti” activities. Similarly to how they told us that their billboard-censoring buddies the Parks bankrolled that “Fix Dimock’s Water” plane that apparently helped eventually chase Cabot’s picnic out of my county, when in fact that plane was bankrolled DIRECTLY BY ME, WITH MY SWN FRACING DOLLARS!

        • Vera, unless you were just busting me you told me at your trial in Montrose that your new car was a gift from those who were afraid your other car was too unreliable to get you around? It’s hard to keep the lies straight… that’s why you lost at the trial, and Scott Ely had a 4 million dollar judgement tossed

          • The pin-drop silence by this blog about how Cabot recently admitted guilt and paid Scott Ely, has apparently worked on you, Mr. Furman. You really need to get your news from more sources.

    • You use your own money? That’s the biggest whopper I’ve ever heard. I’ve posed this question to you numerous times and it has yet to be answered: If you are living in a polluted and devastated area around Dimock, why are you still living there? If you in fact are spending your own money to travel all over the Northeast to help the Park Foundation, the Rockefellers, and others to steal the mineral rights of New Yorkers, it is notable that all that money allegedly earned and spent by you could have been your ticket out of that polluted hell you claim has become Pennsylvania. Lies are easy to detect.

  2. New car ? Glad to see someone gain from all this crap. Too bad the rest of us have to suffer over it.
    It seems unfair that a lot of us hicks will have high tension power lines and high pressure transport pipes running through our properties to make that happen for ya !
    Just think ,all those apposed might stand to benefit by having the energy we produce in our trashed community .
    Solar farms and wind mills all over . What a treat.
    Ta think, we already have most of the infrastructure in place for this lp station and are even considering passing on this opportunity ?
    From another angle on this, while at the local market I ran across a few fellow property tax payers and their remarks all sounded the same.
    Why in the world would the school pay a lawyer with tax dollars to fight a chance to lighten our tax burden ? Hard to believe .
    Like I said before .Those folks on that board must be pretty sharp to be filling those seats so all will be done with the best interest of the Fenton tax payers in mind.
    And I would like to make one thing perfectly clear no one had to buy me a new car to say it!
    and Last but by no means least -Friends don’t let friends consume imported energy, the job you save might be your own. Burn domestic.

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