News: Page (1) of 1 - 02/22/12 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at page facebook

NY court decision bolsters anti-fracking movement

NY court decision bolsters movement among municipalities to ban natural gas drilling By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ' A New York court decision has bolstered a movement among towns determined to prevent hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders.

A state Supreme Court justice on Tuesday upheld the Town of Dryden's 2011 ban on gas drilling. Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corporation had argued state law trumped the ban. An appeal of the trial-level court ruling is expected.

More than 50 New York communities have enacted gas-drilling bans. Attorney Helen Slottje (SLOT'-jee), who helps draft such laws, says the ruling should embolden towns considering bans.

Similar ordinances enacted by several West Virginia communities were overturned in court last year. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed legislation limiting municipalities' ability to ban drilling.

New York has had a moratorium on drilling permits since 2008 while it drafts new regulations.

Page: 1

Related Keywords:Gas Drilling-Home Rule,Industry regulation,Government business and finance,Business,Government and politics,Government regulations,Legal proceedings,Law and order,General news


Our Privacy Policy --- @ Copyright, 2015 Digital Media Online, All Rights Reserved