The Town of Avon wins its Home Rule case, successfully defending its fracking moratorium. Town won on all counts - here's a copy of the ruling http://www.scribd.com/doc/131442865/Avon-HOME-RULE-Decision This case is more significant than the press has reported because the plaintiff made every conceivable allegation against the town, and the town won on all points: This is the fourth trial court to uphold Home Rule. Not the 3rd. The Binghamton court upheld the concept of Home Rule, while … [Read more...] about Avon Wins Big ! 4th New York Court Upholds Home Rule !
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The Fracksylvania Supremes have upheld a municipality's right to apply local land use ordinances - aka Home Rule - to oil and gas drilling. Bravo. This squares with established law in every state -except where out of state Carpetfrackers have attempted to subvert Home Rule by buying off some local politicians. Home Rule applies in the states where the frackers come from - Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico. Even in the city with the highest number of frackers per capita in the world, … [Read more...] about HOME RULE UPHELD IN FRACKSYLVANIA !
One town ban is a lawsuit. A dozen town bans is a political movement. Town bans grew out of very insightful legal work and some plain hard work by a handful of savvy organizers in each town, as detailed here. Bans started in Otsego and Tompkins Counties and radiated across Upstate: Once the frackers have lost all their legal appeals, they will be left with only one option: to try to persuade the state legislature to amend the law to eliminate Home Rule as it pertains to fracking, to in … [Read more...] about Home Rule’s Future
Middlefield and Dryden defend Home Rule for all New Yorkers this Thursday in Albany. EarthJustice, the premier defenders of the public and the environment, is handling the case for the towns. The plaintiffs, a bankrupt Rent-a-Plaintiff and a corporate welfare queen, are represented by Chesapeake's lobbyist. The DEC is conspicuous in their absence from the Dryden and Middlefield lawsuits. That speaks volumes since both cases are about the DEC's ability to regulate drilling activities, in … [Read more...] about Defend Home Rule This Week !
After losing his challenge to home rule in Dryden and Middlefield, shale shill Scott Kurkowski is now promoting his own home rule initiative in the form of "Frack Us First" town resolutions. The irony is not lost on us. It's a tacit acknowledgement of home rule - otherwise, why bother to highlight the difference between towns that want to be fracked - and those that don't ? When Kurkoski couldn't beat home rule in court, he came up with his own home rule initiative - getting the town … [Read more...] about “Frack Us” Resolutions Acknowledge Home Rule
Turns out that Mega Fracker Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO, is a staunch supporter of Home Rule - local zoning ordinances, when they would keep a frack water supply tower away from his house - which is located in a town that had a moratorium on fracking. So he is suing in support of Home Rule in order to keep the frack water supply tower (and the frack water trucks) away from his house. His co-plaintiff in the lawsuit to block the frack water tower is the eponymous Dick Armey, Tea Party … [Read more...] about Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard
Home Rule has been an article of faith in Texas since the Alamo. The frackers are out to change all that. HB 40 AND HB 539 Would Negate Home Rule Re Oil and Gas March 16, 2015 By TXsharonLeave a Comment ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL IN TEXAS Tell the Energy Resources Committee to keep fracking control local HB 40 AND HB 530 WILL STOP CITY REGULATION OF OIL AND GAS. Texans who want to protect their homes and families have worked for decades to regulate fracking in their … [Read more...] about Home Rule is as Texan as the Alamo
May be settled by a ballot initiative next fall. To make Home Rule, the town's right to protect its residents, inviolate in the state constitution. The way it is in other places. Like Texas. And Pennsylvania. And New York. There is no good reason for a town not to apply local zoning to oil and gas wells. Home Rule applies in Texas, and you can't argue that Texas hasn't been royally fracked. So the notion that Home Rule is detrimental to anything - other than the frackers and a few crooked … [Read more...] about Home Rule in Colorado
State plan sets aggressive clean-energy goals Half of New York's power will come from renewable sources in the next 15 years, under a new state energy plan released Thursday. According to the plan, the state will try to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. New York now gets just under a quarter of its power from renewable sources, including, hydro, wind and solar, but that will double to 50 percent in the next 15 years, the plan says. The state also … [Read more...] about The Daily Frack – June 27-28
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