New York State Leaves Local Zoning Hydrofracking Loopholes

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Local communities may still be able to halt drilling in the Marcellus Shale in upper New York State despite a new ruling that allows extraction of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, land use attorneys say.

Last week’s ruling by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens approved extracting natural gas from 85 percent of the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York using high-impact horizontal hydrofracking.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is likely to codify the DEC recommendations into law, opening private land up to fracking. Municipalities, however, still have the power to enact zoning laws to keep oil companies out.  Martens reported that fracking could only take place in the appropriate industrial zones.

Click here for a report in Epoch Times by Tara MacIsaac.

For a local view views, click here for the Scarsdale Patch, and click here for the MPNNow.com’s report on how the ruling irks environmental groups.

In a separate development, Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed a bill requiring drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use when extracting oil and gas from dense rock formations, the first state to pass such a law. Click here for more information.

For details on how Saint Consulting helps gas and oil firms work with communities in shale disputes, contact Jay Vincent, energy practice business leader, email vincent@tscg.biz.

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