Deep wells, fracking draw heritage farm ire

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Editor: Since cultivation began on our land around the 1770s, shallow hand-dug wells have provided all needs of man and beast. There was ample water here. I can still show the location of three wells, for watering animals, now not needed, so filled in. A fourth, producing one on our property across the road from us ran dry so a new well was drilled about five years ago.

In 2013 the shallow, hand-dug well that has supplied the needs of our farm and household for the many years I’ve been fortunate to live here, that well dried up, with another 150- foot well needed.

The farm federation does not speak for this member family. We strongly oppose the granting of permits for deep wells. We also request a permanent moratorium on permits for fracking.

An oversized sandbar, surrounded by salt water, that is our Island, our living space. Think on that.

Betty Howatt,

Howatt’s Fruit Farm,


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