A story in the Press and Sun Bulletin on Saturday discusses the far reaching implications of New York State’s court decision that the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield can ban fracking using zoning laws.
Dryden’s action in August of 2011 to clarify it’s zoning laws by explicitly stating that fracking and related activities are prohibited resulted in a long court battle that was finally settled in June 2014.
The decision is still being analyzed by pundits and legal experts. This article states that towns in New York that have zoning laws in place may have to amend their zoning to allow fracking. Just like Dryden’s zoning law, many zoning laws throughout New York prohibit activities that are not explicitly permitted.
Read the full story here.