Anschutz Fights Fracking Ban

Denver-based gas drilling company Anschutz Exploration Corporation has sued a New York town over its new ban on hydraulic fracturing. The court hearing was set to begin Friday at the Supreme Court in Ithaca.

Anschutz has leased more than 20,000 acres in New York's rural town of Dryden. In September, Anschutz filed a lawsuit after the town approved a ban on drilling activities.

"The suit is based on the state environmental conservation law which reserves issues about regulation of oil and gas to the state and preempts localities from regulating them in relation to anything except for roads and taxes," said Cornell Law Professor Cynthia Bowman in an interview with Your News Now.

The hearing is among the first of its kind to challenge municipal bans on hydrofracking.


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Laquisha | Nov. 11, 2011
I want to send you an award for most heplful internet writer.

Trey | Nov. 8, 2011
With opposition to hydro-fracturing stirring issues of threatening water supplies and tremors in the UK possibly linked to this fracturing method. A large environmental debate is coming. Moreover, the recent earthquake in the east and more recently earthquake in Oklahoma. Producers and Operators need to get ready for lengthy battle.

Glen Shirley | Nov. 7, 2011
The public needs to be educated on our processes. There has been issues with water well damage so I hear from friends in southern NY. most likely bad surface pipe cement job or loss circulation while drilling surface.

Jeff Wood | Nov. 7, 2011
Completely false statement. Freshwater zones are thousands of feet of solid rock from pay zones. Physics is physics and fracture stimulation cannot physically do what they say. A frac height will not grow that high. Educate yourself instead of being a follower.

Daniel Dominick | Nov. 7, 2011
Surely with the controversy surrounding the substantial contamination of US freshwater sources due to previous fracking. All fracking should be banned by the Senate. This could be disastrous for US agriculture


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