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Thu May 2, 2013, 11:17 PM

Fracking Ban Stands in New York Town; Victory for Local Communities In case pitting community rights

Source: Common Dreams

against the oil and gas industry, industry loses yet again

"ALBANY, NY - May 2 - Local residents and elected leaders in Dryden, N.Y. are celebrating victory today in a closely watched case over local fracking bans. A state appeals court ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, affirming lower court decisions upholding the towns’ right to ban oil and gas development activities—including the controversial technique of fracking—within town limits. The legal battle first began in 2011, and industry is widely expected to seek review of the ruling by New York’s high court (the Court of Appeals).

“I’m proud to represent the Town of Dryden and I’m especially proud today,” said Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner. “We stood up for what we knew was right. And we won. The people who live here and know the town best should be the ones deciding how our land is used, not some executive in a corporate office park thousands of miles away.”

The case in Dryden has taken on special significance. More than 20,000 people from across the country and globe sent messages to Sumner and her colleagues on the Town Board, expressing support for the town in its legal fight.

Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking, the technique companies planned to use to extract the gas. During fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, companies inject millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the ground to break up rock deposits and force out the gas. Residents organized and educated for more than two years under the banner of the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), ultimately convincing the town board to amend its zoning ordinance in August 2011 to clarify that oil and gas development activities, including fracking, were prohibited."


Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/05/02-8

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midnight May 2013 OP
MotherPetrie May 2013 #1
montex May 2013 #2
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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:19 PM

1. Good news. I hope the ban stands.

 

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2013, 12:07 AM

2. NOT Poisoning the Water is a Victory?

I weep for this country when heroic efforts must be taken by everyday citizens to prevent poisoning of their water supply by greedy oil barons. The rot of the U.S.A is nearly complete.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2013, 06:23 PM

3. Please Read!

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2013, 06:24 PM

4. H2OMan, were you involved in this ?

If so, thank you very much !

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Fri May 10, 2013, 02:29 AM

5. k&r nt

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Sat May 11, 2013, 08:44 AM

6. Earth Justice- “When will the oil and gas industry get the message: bullying communities isn’t good

for business?”

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2013, 09:50 AM

7. With all the crazy laws being passed by legislatures around the country,

It's a bit of a relief that something which seems so simple and sane stands after a challenge.

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