Author Topic: Facebook's Stop the Canal Clear-cut Group Leaders both exemplify the definition of insanity  (Read 152 times)

Doug K

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It's starting to look like a change of leadership is needed for this Facebook group... due to possible insanity.

Leadership for the Stop the Canal Clear-cut is faltering and has now gone way beyond unreasonable, and is bordering "crazy" as they say. But it's their own insanity, born and spread on Facebook.

Hard to believe it's shared by others who have watched this group go from "concerned environmentalist" to "whining Erie Trail users" in just 4 short years, and now believe doing the same thing will yield a different result, somehow.

So here's the latest rant from Ms. Virginia Maier, one for the Co-Founders of this little Facebook protest group.

Her words again:

Virginia Borden Maier:
This is basically word-for-word the Canal Corporation's press release, including the gross falsehood that the embankments are "dams." They continue to fear-monger and mislead.

So it's OK for Ms. Maier to spread the "falsehood" that the Canal Embankments are NOT earthen dams? Even when there are hundreds of pages in a State Environmental Review that say the canal banks are actually raised navigation dams?

And it's OK for Ms. Maier to "mislead" her Facebook group by refusing to accept the truth and facts about those earthen embankment dams, and the hazard potential they pose?

I guess most people would rather fall on the side of "abundant caution" when it comes to Canal Floods, and probably support anything that IMPROVES safety for the canal system and the public using it...

But not Ms. Maier.

It's NUTS! She keeps saying over and over it's fear-mongering, but it's obviously not

And what is the other STCC Co-Founder saying on the Facebook Group page? More craziness.

Well she's asking people to join in her "insanity" and keep doing what their doing, even though it's FAILED to work to date. Insanity is NOT too strong of a word here, please read on.

And why do I say it's insanity? It's not me, it's Albert Einstein who get credit for that idea about "repetition".

Ms. Agte has lost the battle, lost the war, and now lost her mind, it appears, all because she didn't want to accept three little words:

Unsafe Earthen Embankments.

Many invasive trees & vegetation, along Canal Embankments, were removed in 2018, and they will be removed again, starting in 2022. And now the Canal Corporation has documents that support their case, even if someone was foolish enough to try and sue them "for environmental reasons". And it's because of a group that thought those documents would says something very different.

Why are Canal Embankments being cleared?

Well it's for the safety of the public living below the canal navigation dams of course. Because NYS Conservation Laws demand that the dams are maintained and properly inspected. And because NYS Dam Safety laws require compliance for "any structure impounding water greater than 15' tall or able to release more than 16 million gallons of water if it breaks.

Any Erie Canal Embankment Breach will release 300 Million Gallons of water

The Stop the Canal Clear-cut group can't ignore public safety issues forever, with unsafe dams lurking about.

And they certainly cannot fight against improving public safety much longer, especially when the Environmental Review they asked for describes the devastation a flood would do on the surrounding areas. They asked for the SEQR Review to be done, BEFORE the Canal Corporation Earthen Embankment Integrity Program could proceed. And now that set of documents only strengthens the case against the group's plea that "nothing is broken, leave it alone".

Go read for yourself, don't take the word of the ECNA... read & learn.

Maybe new leadership at the STCC Facebook Group won't try to fight canal safety, and think they will win... that is insanity.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2022, 01:49:44 pm by Doug K »