New York Top Court OKs Local Drill Bans

UPDATE: One of the leading opponents of the natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in Sullivan County and New York State cheered the appellate court’s decision to uphold local drilling bans.

“It’s a huge day for communities in New York,” said Wes Gillingham of Sullivan County-based Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Five towns in Sullivan have passed laws to ban fracking. Two, Delaware and Fremont, passed resolutions supporting it.

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Top NY Court Set To Shine Spotlight On Local Fracking Bans

“This is something that’s spreading beyond New York,” according to Catskill Mountainkeeper co-founder Wes Gillingham, a fracking opponent. A ruling striking down local bans in New York could be seen as a threat to many jurisdictions throughout the …Law 360 · By Pete Brush · 5/29/2014

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