22 Feb '12, 4pm

New York Towns Can Ban Fracking Even If State Doesn't, Judge Rules

In an undeniable victory for opponents of hydraulic fracturing , Tompkins County, New York judge Philip Rumsey has ruled that the town of Dryden's ban on fracking is legal. Dryden is one of about 20 towns in New York which have banned fracking within their limits, as the state government deliberates on how to proceed with the increasingly controversial natural gas extraction technique. Judge Rumsey said, Nowhere is the legislative history (of the state oil and gas law) is there any suggestion that the legislature intended...to encourage the maximum ultimate recovery of oil and gas...or to preempt local zoning authority. (CNBC The suit that brought Dryden's ban into court was initiated by Anschutz Exploration Corporation, which has leases on over 22,000 acres of land in the town, investing $5.1 million in drilling operations. Which brings us to the part of all this worth co...

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