NY Considers Zoning Laws for Anti-Drilling Towns

06.04.14 | FL News Team

 New York's top court will decide by the Fourth of July whether towns can use zoning laws to ban gas drilling from their borders. The seven-member Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases out of Dryden and Middlefield, where a mid-level court has already ruled gas companies can't trump town's rights. The industry argues local bans will create a patchwork of legislation statewide, and make it tough to drill. Judges questioned both sides aggressively Tuesday. One hundred seventy towns have passed drilling bans or moratoriums statewide; 40 have passed resolutions supporting gas development. The gas industry says this ruling has the power to drive drilling from New York.