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Nominations will be evaluated by a UDC subcommittee. The list of this year’s honorees will be announced in late March.
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Tusten reconsiders seismic testing

NARROWSBURG, NY — In August 2008, the Tusten town board voted to put a moratorium on the practice of seismic testing related to gas drilling to give the board time to determine whether it could legally regulate the testing. That turned out to be a tough question to answer. Planning consultant Dr. Bill Pammer said that the town probably has the authority to prohibit it on private roads even if the property owner’s lots extend to the middle of the road. The lawyers working with the Multi-Municipal Gas Drilling Task Force, on the other hand, have said towns probably don’t have that authority.

The matter may become clearer later this year as the New York State Legislature works to adopt new language that will more clearly define the rights of towns, villages and other municipalities under the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, which covers gas drilling regulations in the state.

In the meantime, the Tusten board is once again considering a moratorium on seismic testing; a public hearing has been scheduled for February 28 at 6 p.m. at the town hall on Bridge Street.