The Latest On: A New Yorker's Guide to Industrial Gas Drilling
After a year and a half of appeals and legal arguments, the small upstate New York town of Dryden has prevailed over the oil and gas industry in court. A unanimous decision from New York’s Third Judicial Department upheld the town’s authority to ban fracking through zoning laws.
Said Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg, "It has got to be a morale boost to people who have been suffering the adverse effects of this industry to see people in a small town stand up to an incredibly powerful and wealthy industry and win."
Earthjustice defended the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, New York, in legal arguments concerning their authority to prevent oil companies from fracking on their land. The ruling, expected during the next six to eight weeks, rests on whether or not local zoning authority supersedes state regulations.
There will be no fracking in Avon of Livingston County, New York. A judge ruled in favor of the town’s ban on the extreme efforts to extract fossil fuels. The court denied Lenape Resources’ challenge to the town’s ban on fracking. Courts have upheld similar bans in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, and this decision comes just before oral arguments in appeals to those earlier rulings.