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#1367310 - 10/04/12 10:24 PM Binghamton fracking moratorium struck down
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Binghamton Hydrofracking Moratorium Ruled Invalid

A state supreme court judge has ruled the City of Binghamton's ban on hydrofracking invalid.

The two-year moratorium was put in place in December 2011 by a 6-1 vote.

But on June 19, a group of landowners challenged the decision, taking it to the state Supreme Court.

Elvin Jeffrey, a member of the Vestal Gas Coalition and one of the petitioners who sued the city, lauded the judge's decision Tuesday night.

"I would commend the judge for having the courage to do the right thing," Jeffrey said. "He exemplified what a judge should do. He wasn't swayed by pressure."

Jeffrey said the decision is "a step in the right direction for the community."

By Matt Hicks
October 2, 2012

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#1367573 - 10/07/12 11:00 AM Re: Binghamton fracking moratorium struck down [Re: newsman38]
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Chalk one up for taxpayer and property rights \:\)

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#1371797 - 11/03/12 01:04 PM Re: Binghamton fracking moratorium struck down [Re: sc4ram]
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Proposed Chenango fracking ban snagged by Broome County government

The dispute over a proposal that would make Chenango the first town in the Southern Tier to prohibit natural gas drilling in its borders has touched off a turf war between local drilling opponents and county officials.

At issue is an Oct. 1 decision by the Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development recommending that the proposed law be denied — a rare bureaucratic snag that means the five-member Chenango Town Board needs a super-majority of four votes, rather than a normal majority of three, to pass the proposed law.

In a one-page letter to the Town of Chenango, the planning board said it was issuing the negative recommendation because the proposed law would adversely impact residents of neighboring communities who want to lease their land, and because it might prohibit pipelines and compressor stations.

8:59 PM, Nov 2, 2012

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#1376729 - 12/10/12 11:21 AM Re: Binghamton fracking moratorium struck down [Re: newsman38]
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Polls find unexpected fracking support in NY and Pa.

Siena College said this week that a poll of 822 registered New York voters taken in late November found 50 percent of respondents in suburban areas support drilling in upstate portions of the state, while 32 percent are opposed. In New York City, 41 percent of those surveyed support upstate drilling, while 29 percent are opposed. The poll didn’t break out particular suburbs or upstate areas.

New York has had a moratorium on fracking since 2008, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested that it be allowed in five upstate counties near the Pennsylvania line, far from New York City, its watershed, or major suburbs. Pennsylvania officials from both political parties have embraced fracking, and more than 3,000 wells have been drilled there since 2007.

“Right now what we see is that downstaters, who would be the least affected from both the environmental and jobs point of view, are much more supportive than upstaters,” said Steven Greenberg of the Siena College Poll.

Sandra Steingraber, an anti-drilling activist who lives in Tompkins County, said upstate residents are more likely to be opposed because they’ve learned so much about the issue during four years of intense debate.

About 40 upstate communities in New York have passed bans on fracking, usually at the behest of opposition groups that have circulated petitions. There are movements under way in about 90 more communities to ban or enact moratoriums, but almost all are in towns outside the most likely drilling area near the border. Court challenges are pending against three of the bans with the industry arguing that only the state has authority to regulate gas drilling.

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Kevin Begos and Mary Esch
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#1433479 - 01/21/14 09:06 PM Re: Binghamton fracking moratorium struck down [Re: newsman38]
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Binghamton withdraws fracking-ban appeal

BINGHAMTON — Within 10 days of taking over City Hall, Mayor Rich David dropped the appeal of a court decision striking down the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in Binghamton.

The move ends a long-standing push by the outgoing Democratic administration to block hydraulic fracturing.

“To ban an action that has not even been approved in New York was premature,” David said Tuesday. The city formally withdrew the legal appeal Jan 10.

Jan 14, 2014

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