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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