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New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, will consider whether lower courts correctly held that municipalities can ban the use of “hydrofracking” to develop natural gas wells. The Court will hear appeals in two cases decided earlier this year by the Third Department, Matter of Norse Energy USA v. Town of Dryden, 108 AD3d…

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In a February 12th letter from NYS Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Nirav Shah to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, Dr. Shah advised that the DOH study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing used in the natural gas drilling process “…will require additional time to complete … I anticipate delivering the completed Public Health Review…

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We regularly receive telephone calls and emails, from folks who have followed our newsletters or blog entries over the past few years, asking our perspective on when (more recently IF) the Natural Gas Program will proceed in New York. A simple response might be, “Only the Governor knows!” But I no longer believe even Andrew…

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I recently received a telephone call from a landowner in the Town of Sanford, Broome County, who has not yet signed a gas lease, but is interested in doing so under the right terms. She indicated she had been advised by “well-informed persons” that the State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) would not meet its…

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The Town of Delaware’s Town Board voted unanimously (with one member abstaining) at its June 20th regular meeting, to pass a resolution recognizing a landowner’s “… right to determine how they exercise and protect their mineral rights …” in accordance with the laws of New York State and the laws of the U.S. As reported…

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Q: Will Natural Gas Ever Be Produced in New York? A: Yes! In fact, natural gas has been produced in many areas of New York State for many decades. The real focus of the current and continuing debate about opening up more areas in New York to natural gas exploration and production has to do…

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