Thu September 22, 2011

Fracking ban challenged in Town of Middlefield

Another town ban on natural gas drilling is being challenged in court.  Just one day before the Town of Dryden was sued by driller Anschutz, the Town of Middlefield in Otsego County was the subject of a lawsuit.

Jennifer Huntington, a dairy farm, brought the suit against the town board on September 15. She claims that the town's ban on gas drilling violates New York state law.

The town's law - and the argument against - it are nearly identical to the Dryden case.

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Fri September 16, 2011

Drilling firm to sue Town of Dryden over drilling ban

Updated: The suit has been filed.  You can read it on Scribd.

Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corporation announced Thursday that it will challenge the town of Dryden's ban on hydrofracking in state Supreme Court.

Anschutz applied in 2009 to drill a horizontal well in Dryden and the application remains open, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation's wells database.

While the first well in Dryden was drilled in 1941, the town board voted to ban all natural gas operations in August.

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