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Anschutz Sues Dryden NY for the Right to Drill Marcellus Gas

by Kenneth E. DuBose on September 21, 2011

Anschutz Exploration will take a case to the New York Supreme Court to challenge Dryden’s, a suburb of Ithaca, NY, ban on drilling. This is legal precedence that needs to be set as the state readies to allow for drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Local jurisdictions that oppose drilling will likely try to do everything within their power to halt development of their resources.

A lawsuit challenging a small town’s ban on natural-gas drilling could have implications throughout New York state, where officials are poised to approve a controversial drilling method known as fracking.

Privately held Anschutz Exploration Corp filed suit on Friday against Dryden, a rural suburb of Ithaca with about 13,000 residents that last month amended its zoning laws to bar all gas drilling within its unincorporated borders.

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended ending a year-long ban on drilling in New York, although a public comment period on the rules was extended this month following concerns that fracking contaminates underground wells and aquifers.

Read the full news release at reuters.com

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