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Anti-frack zoning to get court review

Suit challenges towns’ laws to curb drilling

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New York’s highest court will decide whether to uphold a lower court ruling that allows municipalities to impose local zoning restrictions that ban companies from drilling for natural gas. The state Court of Appeals has agreed to take up the cases of Norse Energy and Cooperstown Holstein in their challenges to a pair of upstate towns imposing land-use authority to prohibit gas drilling. The cases pertain to zoning laws enacted in the Tompkins County town ...

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pnotto
August 29, 2013
5:41 p.m.

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These people are wasting their time filing any lawsuits in the NYS Court System. Its an automatic loss, and these people wonder where are all the jobs in this state. They also are perplexed as to why people are leaving this state in droves.

ChuckD
August 29, 2013
8:21 p.m.

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The energy industry, in particular fossil fuels, has a troubled history, and their screw-ups tend toward the catastrophic. Denial of that is putting your head in the sand, so to speak. Hydrofracking will not bring enough permanent jobs to NYS to make the risk dealing with these untrustworthy companies worth it. Governor Cuomo is right to proceed with extra caution on this, and I support the outright ban of the technology here.

pnotto
August 30, 2013
2:20 a.m.

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Lets deal in realism and not make a blanket over generalization like all Leftists do when they make asinine statements like ChucklesD is making. Mr. ChucklesD's assertion is like me saying that all Democratic policies have ripped apart the black family replacing the government as the father figure and casting all black American's into abject poverty. Its not a valid statement and neither is the problematic drivel coming from Mr. ChucklesD. My challenge to you if you can, of all the companies looking to use hydrofracking to drill for natural gas in the areas that are mentioned in this article, find me one accident that has happened under the companies mentioned here looking to use this over efficient practice of drilling for your version of a four-letter word which has been made by the Left of fossil fuel. The Environmentalist wacko's have this delusional ideology that solar panels and wind mill turbines are going to replace the current fuel that drives this nations economy and if allowed to we could be energy independent by going after the natural commodity below the earth surface. I point my near sighted friend to the current oil and natural gas exploration successes in North and South Dakota in the Bakken Natural Reserve Fields that has seen an economic explosion that has seen these states become the most productive employment areas in the Northern Hemisphere and it would do the same for NYS. The energy companies in the Bakken Fields use hydrofracking and not wind mills and solar panels. Another challenge to Mr. ChucklesD is why doesn't Obama finish the Keystone pipeline instead of bending and worshiping at the false alters of the Left with this pipe dream of Man-made Global Warming which has been proven a fallacy but is a ploy by the Left to get people to pay higher taxes, lose their economic freedom and give these idiots a false feeling of security they are saving the earth. If your buddy Obama is so concerned about the economy why doesn't he give the go ahead to finish the pipeline and watch the unemployment rate go down to under 3.5% in the US. Anything the Left argues is a false notion and is devoid of all the facts like Mr. ChucklesD points to here. He is the one who is talking out of both sides of his mouth and not saying anything worth while.

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