Tioga County Landowners Group represents 135,000 acres and
Played with these numbers a bit:
- Population Tioga County NY = 51,049
- Total Land Area = 523 sq mi => 334,720 acres
- 135,000 acres under lease = 40% land area,
- owned by 200 "families". HOWEVER, lots of land is owned by LLCs
(corporations) and not a family.
BUT, let's be generous and assume that on average,
each owner is 2 people who live in the count (likely a conservative guess)
200 x 2 = 400 people => 0.7% of the total population.
Did I hear anybody say "The 1%"?
This means that 400 people, 0.7% of the population
controls 40% of the land area.
So since the decision to frack this land by 0.7% of the population
certainly will alter the quality of life for the remaining 99.3%
in a negative way, and MAY actually cause many people
to get sick and die,
then it means the real question is:
Do we have a functioning Democracy?
Or do we have "Rule by the Landowners"?