Questions posed to a town board by a resident. Answers and comments in bold mine. Answers in quotes from a gas industry front group, Energy in Depth. QUESTION 1: How are the Oxford Town and Village Boards going to respond to Albany’s delegation of responsibility to pass and enforce land use and zoning regulations for hydraulic fracturing? The state does not do local land use planning. The state controls how a well is drilled, not where it is drilled as a permitted land use. That is the … [Read more...] about Town Questions Town Answers
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On December 28, 2012, the movie Promised Land is being released in New York and Los Angeles. For the rest of us, we will have to wait until January 4, 2013. Since its announcement this summer, the Natural Gas industry has had its boxers in a bunch. Between editorial hit pieces of Promised Land, and attempts to stir up a “scandal”, the Natural Gas industry has created quite an interest in the movie. The Natural Gas industry has gone as far as to release the script, well, technically not … [Read more...] about The NOT Real Promised Land
By interviewing people that either had not actually seen the movie or refused to talk about the movie. At least he was not hit with a pie for his efforts (read on). Evidently the NYT reporter, Michael Wines, has bounced around a bit at the Times. Was listed as being in China, formerly Moscow, now Oneonta . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wines His coverage of the premier of Promised Land was in Oneonta, New York, on the front line of the Frack Wars - and the cradle of the Home … [Read more...] about Reporter Covers Promised Land Without Covering Promised Land
Home Rule, a municipality's legal right to apply its zoning laws to oil and gas wells, was defended Tuesday in New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals. The judges grilled both sides, but left the distinct impression that, if the Legislature wants to specifically preclude a municipality from applying land use laws to oil and gas drilling, the Legislature will need to expressly prohibit it. Because the statute in question clearly does not. The trial courts and the state appellate … [Read more...] about New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !
As was pointed out vociferously at the Albany Law School conference on land use and gas wells, there is absolutely no reason why your county, city, town and/or village should not have a road use ordinance to hold drillers liable for tearing up local roads. If your county/ city/town etc. has not already adopted a road use agreement, get a new mayor/ board/ supervisor. You know, the type that is not a fracking collaborator running interference for the landmen. Your town can also adopt a … [Read more...] about Got a Land Plan ?
What’s most striking about Energy in Death’s Joe Massaro’s latest hit-piece, Corbett's Corner Hears From Local Natural Gas Fractivists | Energy In Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative is that he writes as if he’s all ready for the backlash his patently absurd essay would naturally receive—but he knows he’ll have to deal with no such thing. That must be a hell of a confidence builder! He’s got all the moxie of a guy who thinks he’s scored big. The problem is that he rigged the … [Read more...] about Bait You, Gut You, Eat You While You’re Still Alive: The Landmen Energy in Death Will Do Anything to Get To Your Farmhouse Door
History is written by the winners, but history is made by the doers. So with that in mind, here's my take on how the town ban movement started in New York, as told by the winners, those relatively few men and women that were instrumental in actually making it happen, first as a legal strategy and then as a political accomplishment - one town at a time. The history to date of the Middlefield and Dryden defenses of Home Rule has been chronicled in legal journals, such as Charles Gottlieb's … [Read more...] about History of New York Fracking Bans
Not content to frack farms, livestock, people, neighborhoods and Central Park, the frack flaks at Energy in Depth a fracking front group have now resorted to fracking movies - running the TV Gas Blonde type frackomercials before Promised Land. In the theater. Under the heading "I really can't make this stuff up," behold the frackers last ditch swift-boating inside movie theaters (is nothing sacred ?) The fracking ad runs with the Previews of Coming Attractions, between Meet the Frackers and … [Read more...] about Promised Land Fracked With Frackomercial
Matt Damon's new movie, Promised Land premiers in NYC and LA on December 28th. It will have a preview and video chat this Tuesday evening. Video here : http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/promised-land.html My preview pre-review here = http://www.nofrackingway.us/2012/12/23/promised-land-re-bourne/ Should be interesting, since the landmen are the first most people meet in the fracking game, and then it goes sideways/ downhill from there for most - you that is, not the landmen. If there … [Read more...] about Promised Land
The history of the frack ban movement has yet to be written - until now. (How's that for a pretentious opening ?) The first New York frack ban ordinance was written by a retired Virginia judge. The first four New York frack bans were inspired by a white paper written by a Florida real estate developer. The first regional conference on frack bans was co-sponsored by a Belgium beer company (not Gazprom) The first petition for a town ban was written by a New Jersey real estate … [Read more...] about The (Real) History of New York State Frack Bans