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Drilling down to zoning;upping the ante on bans and local control


Slottje pointed out, however, that some 92 towns that he knows of have adopted bans or moratoria on gas drilling, and in nearly all cases, interested parties have warned that the actions will spark a lawsuit. But, in fact, no lawsuits have been brought except for in the initial towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

Blocking the exemptions

In crafting bans of moratoria for towns, Slottje said towns must word the measures carefully because of the numerous exemptions given to gas and oil industries. He said the most important environmental statutes at the federal level, and some at the state level, have lists of substances or compounds covered under the law, such as xylene, benzene, toluene, and so on, and the various laws classify them as hazardous or toxic in some way, which explains that the substances are dangerous. The laws go on to say that any person, or business, or organization that uses or handles or releases the substances must follow the rules and regulations