Justice Phillip R. Rumsey of the State Supreme Court ruled this week that New York municipalities can use their zoning laws to ban oil and natural gas drilling. This decision is one of the first in the nation to uphold a local drilling ban and a key victory for opponents of this extraction technique. It is expected to lead to further debate and litigation.
For more on this case, read N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sidesteps Natural Gas Hydrofracking Controversies. Read the full article in The New York Times.