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
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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 !
So what happens now ? Any town that has held off banning fracking for fear of getting sued by the frackers just got a neon green light to proceed with a ban. If the town's elected officials do not take steps to protect the town, they should be replaced at the next available opportunity. While they are at it, they should ban frack waste, since most New York towns are more liable to being dumped on than fracked. The frack lobbyists will try to introduce an ALEC "Frack Anywhere" bill in the … [Read more...] about Frack Bans – What Happens Now ?
Not very fracking much, based on this updated list from Common Cause. Just grease the right greasy palms. With a few shekels or lira. Peanuts compared to what they've gotten for their investment in twisted politicians: no severance tax on gas production - that alone is a bargain. The worst compulsory integration practices in the US - worth a fortune. Some of the worst setbacks imaginable - and no setbacks at all for shale gas infrastructure = PRICELESS ! Look at this list of mugs that the … [Read more...] about How Much Does It Cost Frackers To Buy a State ?
Town frack bans, like baseball (?), started in Cooperstown, New York. The Village of Cooperstown makes up the majority of the population of the Town of Otsego. In a sense, the town's fracking ban was like a Valentine's card to the village. Where the people said: "We can do better than this." This is the story of the Town of Otsego's ban in TRUTHOUT by Ellen Cantarow. New York's Zoning Ban Movement Fracks Big Gas By Ellen Cantarow, Truthout | Report "On Thursday, May 2, New … [Read more...] about History of New York Fracking Bans
A few fat envelopes in New York have enabled fracking lobbyist to buy anything that's not nailed to the wall. The frackers wrote the state's Compulsory Integration Law- the worst in the country, and the Legislature passed it unanimously. The frackers wrote the draft fracking regulations- and handed the draft to their accomplices in the Division of Mineral Resources. The frackers have New York teed up to get fracked. Starting with the governor. After losing in court, the frackers now plan … [Read more...] about Fracking Crooks – New York’s Rogue Gallery
There is no credible threat to the NYS frack ban from Congress, no viable mineral rights "reparations" lawsuit from landowners, just a lot of hot air from Shale Shysters talking to reporters. Imagine that. (My comments in brackets below) Threat to NY's Frack Ban Could Come from Congress John Ferro, Poughkeepsie Journal11:30 p.m. EST January 18, 2015 Even as the ban is finalized, Republican congressman are considering ways to overturn it When Gov. Andrew … [Read more...] about More Hot Air From Shale Shysters on NYS Frack Ban
In a recent study done by Penn State, researchers discovered that the majority of residents in rural Pennsylvania will not benefit from shale gas exploration - because they do not own enough land to lease - and they are unlikely to find jobs working as transient laborers on oil rigs. And in Pennsylvania, absent local ordinances, the majority of voters are disenfranchised: they don't have enough land to participate in the shale gas lottery, they are not likely to find employment on rigs, and … [Read more...] about Most Residents Don’t Benefit From Fracking
Over 200,000 comments were delivered to the DEC's bunker in Albany courtesy of the Yoko, Sandra & Sean Delivery Service. (See story below) Bravo to all concerned ! Now time to sue the DEC for trying to turn the Empire State into a fracking banana republic. Here is the breakdown of who helped gather the 200,000 responses. Plus thousands more from individuals, organizations and elected officials. To put this in perspective - this is over 300 times the number of responses the DEC got on … [Read more...] about 200,000 Fracking Comments !
Since the entrance of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, and all the hoopla about the good things it will bring, one of the talking points has been about how dirty coal is and how natural gas has less CO2 emissions than coal. Periodically we see a battle royal between the Coal Industry and the Natural Gas Industry. The often repeated question asked by the natural gas industry is “Are we going to rely on environmentally devastating coal-powered plants?”, the talking point continues to … [Read more...] about THE FOSSIL FUEL CAROUSEL