Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Going to (Geo-Hydrology) School in New Hanover

First of all, allow me to wax on a bit about what a charming locale was chosen for a municipal meeting, the old historic schoolhouse in New Hanover.

It had the two things I most appreciate in a historic site -- authenticity and air conditioning.

(During a recent visit to FDR's historic home in New Hyde Park, we entered the mansion only to be told the air conditioning had broken down. It was hard to appreciate history when your glasses kept fogging up.)

Secondly, bravo to the township supervisors for saying they don't know enough about the science of  potential contamination being released by Gibraltar Rock';s quarrying. (It's not often you hear a politician say they don't know enough.)

Thirdly, a second bravo for saying they need to learn more, and then inviting someone who knows more to teach them. (They just moved from "politicians" to "concerned public officials" in my playbook.)

And fourthly, congrats to them for voting Monday night to have solicitor Paul Bauer write to the DEP and essentially ask "why aren't you doing more about this."

During last night's meeting, Bauer opined that the DEP should have stepped in when Gibraltar Rock bought 18 acres of land from the owner of the contaminated former oil site in December.

We'll see where it goes from here people.

Here are the Tweets from the meeting.

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