With great sadness I'm writing to inform you that after marching in Albany to bring the environmental benefits and prosperity of Natural Gas development to all of our communities, Noel Van Swol died as a result of an auto accident that occurred while he was driving home from the bus meeting point. Noel fought all of his life for causes he believed in and was the leader of the Sullivan-Delaware Property Owners Association. We are honored to have had Noel along side of us fighting for our rights which death and delay so unfairly denied him of.
Our most sincere condolences and prayers go out to Noel's family and friends. Included here is a copy of a very respectful article written about Noel in the Times Herald Record for your further reflection.
Area activist Noel Van Swol dies in crash
Noel van Swol died Monday. He was 70.
Published: 9:04 AM - 10/16/12
Last updated: 9:54 AM - 10/16/12
LONG EDDY — Noel van Swol, a lightning rod for hot-button Sullivan County issues ranging from the Sullivan West School District merger to drilling for natural gas, died Monday. He was 70.
The Long Eddy resident was returning from a pro-gas drilling rally in Albany when he apparently went into a diabetic coma while driving and went off the road and crashed not far from his home, said his mother Tuesday morning.
“He was a wonderful son,” said his mother who was too distraught to speak after answering the phone.
Van Swol was a retired educator, a member of the Sullivan West Board of Education and president of the Sullivan-Delaware Property Owners Association, a group that wants to lease tens of thousands of acres for gas drilling in the area.
He was a fierce advocate of fracking and vehemently opposed the merger of the Delaware Valley, Narrowsburg and Jeffersonville-Youngsville school districts, to create the Sullivan West School District.
His activism stretched back more than 30 years to his opposition to the National Park Service involvement in the Upper Delaware River Corridor.
“Noel was a strong supporter of any cause that he believed in,” said Harold Russell of Bethel, a farmer, Bethel supervisor and supporter of gas drilling. “If he backed something he stood behind it 110 percent - and then some.”
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Dan Fitzsimmons, President, and the JLCNY Board of Directors
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.