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A farm near the town of Dryden in New York. Dryden won its precedent-setting fracking ban case one year ago tomorrow.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 29, 2015

It’s Official: New York Fracking Ban Made Final With Release of 43-Page Document

On eve of one-year anniversary of local fracking ban court win, NY finalizes statewide ban

Leslie Roeder, an advocate with New Yorkers Against Fracking, celebrates in 2014 after Govenor Cuomo announced he would ban hydraulic fracking.
(Chang W. Lee/The New York Times/Redux)
Article: Victory December 19, 2014

Refused to Give Up, Refused to Give In

New York State's ban on fracking is a hard-fought victory that will no doubt have reverberations around the world, so what’s next in the fracking fight?

An anti-fracking demonstration outside of New York Governor Cuomo's office in Manhattan, NY, in October of 2012.
(Adam Welz / CREDO Action)
Press Release: Victory December 17, 2014

Earthjustice Hails Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Historic Energy Leadership

Health risks too grave, New York State will ban fracking

A young fracktivist in Denton, TX.
(Photo courtesy of Frack Free Denton)
Article November 5, 2014

Fracking Ban Victories a Ray of Sun on an Otherwise Gloomy Post-Election Day

Guest blogger Joanne Cipolla-Dennis: We will not give up, give in, settle or walk away

A farmhouse near the town of Dryden in upstate New York.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release October 16, 2014

High Court Rejects Last Ditch Industry Effort to Challenge Local Fracking Ban Victory

Upholds the zoning rights of communities across New York State

Residents of Dryden smile, with Helen Slottje and Earthjustice’s Deborah Goldberg and Kathleen Sutcliffe, after the high court argument in Albany.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article July 18, 2014

Small Town Fracking Victory Makes Waves Across the Country

As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states

Downtown in Dryden, NY. Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory June 30, 2014

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states

Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg stands with residents from the town of Dryden at the New York Court of Appeals in June of 2014.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature June 20, 2014

Dryden: The Town That Changed The Fracking Game

When the oil and gas industry came to the small town of Dryden, NY, with plans to start fracking, things didn’t turn out quite how they expected. Find out how a group of neighbors turned the tables on a powerful industry—and changed the fracking game forever. View the photo essay.

document June 20, 2014

New York Court of Appeals Decision

The Court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders.

A farmhouse near the town of Dryden in upstate New York.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 3, 2014

Final Arguments Conclude in Precedent-Setting Fracking Case

New York’s highest court hears oral arguments in epic legal battle for the right of towns to ban oil and gas development within their borders

The Town of Dryden, in upstate New York, is fighting to preserve its way of life in a lawsuit pitting a small town's rights against an out-of-state oil and gas company’s wishes. And they're winning.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article May 8, 2014

Dryden: The Small Town That Changed The Fracking Game

Not only is a change possible, it’s happening

video May 2, 2014

Dryden: The Small Town That Changed The Fracking Game

Watch the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry.

Helen Holden Slottje, a winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize.
(Photo courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize)
Article April 30, 2014

Goldman Prizewinner Helen Slottje: The Secret Weapon In the Fight Against Fracking

In 2010, Helen Holden Slottje, a lawyer in upstate New York pioneered a legal strategy to keep fracking out of communities using local zoning laws. Four years later, her hard work and bravery was rewarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize, sometimes referred to as the “Green Nobel.” Read about Helen’s work, and listen to an interview where she discusses how and why she became involved in the fracking fight.

Helen Holden Slottje, an attorney from Ithaca, NY, is one of six grassroots environmental activists from around the globe being honored by the Goldman Environmental Foundation. Recipients of the Goldman Prize, often referred to by those in the environmental movement as the ‘Nobel Prize for environmentalists,’ are each awarded a $175,000 cash prize.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch)
Press Release April 28, 2014

Helen Holden Slottje, Architect of NY's Local Fracking Ban Strategy, Wins Top Environmental Prize

Slottje’s work empowered 170+ communities in New York, inspired communities across the country

Deborah Cipolla-Dennis, of Dryden, NY.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article March 24, 2014

Standing in Solidarity to End Fracking

In a guest blog post, Deborah Cipolla-Dennis, a New York activist, says fracking must be fought on the local level.

Article January 16, 2014

Towns Fight Back Against Fracking

In mid-December the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found Act 13 is unconstitutional. This is a law that allowed state government to override local communities’ zoning decisions to limit hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The decision stems from a lawsuit by seven Pennsylvania municipalities, a doctor and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Earthjustice submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, representing 22 organizations, including Marcellus Protest, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth and Berks Gas Truth.

A fracking drill rig in Pennsylvania.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release December 16, 2013

Precedent-Setting Fracking Court Battle Advances In New York’s Highest Court

Case on local bans comes as growing number of communities take similar action

Press Release August 29, 2013

New York Towns Continue Battle Against Oil and Gas Company

In closely watched case, New York’s highest court takes up appeal