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March 16, 2011 - Jessica Collier
Adirondack Wild - significant backing from many fulltime and seasonal residents of Tupper Lake
Break some myths - I live in the Park, I cut trees,
I'm a little bit disappointed in the way this discussion has divided people. If you really think about what everyone has said tonight, we all agree. We care about Tupper Lake. We care about our children. We have to give them fresh water, give them wildlife, have to think about the future together.
A lot of people been working with who aren't here tonight because they're under pressure but are your neighbors, and they have real concerns about the project.
Recognize that when you have a project this big, this widespread, upland, surrounded by waters and wetlands, "you've got to be careful."
(people start groaning, laughing, one person says, "Go home!")
Wrangling was not put on by green groups, but by the APA giving notice of complete application when there were answers missing. That's been proven by the DEC's notice of incomplete application.
Change the project to one that would not use resource management land as much.
"This is important, and we need to do it together. Not cut off people." Not tell people they can't come here and share their concerns. I love this town. Tupper Lake has friendly people.
Doesn't have to be very different from the proposal that was originally introduced.
(People groaning, laughing, grumbling.)
Unless changes are made, denial of the current ACR permit is the only course to take.
"We feel this design is not consistent with your act, and you have a mission to all of New York state."
(One person claps, a bunch of people yell "boo")
O'Connell slams gavel, says "Order! That's uncalled for!"
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