Setback to fracking in New York State
The upstate town of Dryden, was taken to court by an energy company after it prohibited fracking.
By a 5-2 vote, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that the actions taken by local communities to restrict fracking amounted to a “reasonable exercise” of their zoning authority, particularly since high levels of drilling “would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated small-town character of their communities.”
New York sits atop the vast Marcellus and Utica shale formations, which hold huge volumes of shale oil and gas. But due to the moratorium, the state has not been able to capitalise on the boom.
New York had imposed a moratorium on fracking in 2008 so it could study the environmental impact,
See Map: NYS hydrofracking bans and moratoria