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Right to ban drilling upheld a second time


February 24, 2012

MIDDLEFIELD, NY - For the second time this week, a judge has ruled that New York State towns have the right to establish zoning ordinances that ban natural gas drilling within their borders. Otsego County Acting Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio, in the case of Cooperstown Holstein, Corp. v. the Town of Middlefield, ruled that the clause in state environmental conservation law that prohibits towns from passing laws that regulate oil and gas drilling does not preempt a municipality's rights to control land use.

A prior ruling this week, in the case of Anschutz v. the Town of Dryden, came to the same conclusion.

It is expected that both decisions will be appealed.

The decision can be viewed here.

Even if they appeal it there

Even if they appeal it there will be no way that it will pass. Judges and the government do not want natural gas or anything that is just as sustainable as all the expensive things that are out there. There has to be a way to work all this out so that towns are not destroyed but we have the energy we need.

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    There are all kinds of ways to plan a night but there are powers that will not even consider any other resource beside the more expensive ones.