Home › AllOTSEGO › celebrate slide show celebrate slide show 12/17/2014 AllOTSEGO Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope congratulates Lou Allstadt, the retired Mobil executive VP and a key leader in the local and state anti-fracking movement. In the center is Lou’s wife, Melinda Hardin. Allstadt is a sought-after speaker, among upcoming appearances being one on Jan. 12 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, along with a Shell VP and the chair of the California Air Resources Board. Laura Malloy, Laurens, pours the champagne, assisted by Clark Rhodes, Worcester. Larry Bennett, Ommegang director of communications, reminisces with John Davis. Observing that clean water is Ommegang’s most precious raw material, Bennett, with support of Ommegang then-president Simon Thorpe, helped mobilize the business community around Cooperstown against fracking back in 2010. Bob Eklund, fracking foe from New Lisbon, addresses the 40 some celebrants in Cafe Ommegang after “an exciting day in the history of New York – possibly in the history of the country. In the background are, from left, Dillingham, Allstadt, Kim Jastremski, one of the four Middlefield women who started the drive for a town fracking ban, and John Davis and Marion Carl. In evangelical mode, brother Russ Honicker warns there are dangers ahead – local dumping of radioactive waste from Pennsylvania, the Constitution pipeline, the Dominion pump station – even an undependable press. From right, Suzy Winkler, Burlington, Ellen Pope, and Jim Herman, Hartwick applaud the speakers. Skol!