That's right folks, I have finally reached the 4000 post milestone ... man, I am one pathetic loser!
Srsly though, shower me with praise, heap your adulation's on to me, adorn me with accolades. I, Mr 4000, command thee
Now on a serious note - who the hellz would have guessed a NYS Supreme Court judge would get this one right?
A New York law passed in 1981 also stripped local governments of their authority to regulate the oil and gas industry, according to industry lawyers. The law states that the Department of Environmental Conservation's regulatory authority over oil and gas development supersedes local laws. The Dryden case challenged the industry interpretation of that law.
The ruling from state Supreme Court Judge Phillip Rumsey said the state law supersedes local laws regulating drilling operations, but doesn't pre-empt local control over land use and zoning. In other words, towns can't regulate drilling, but they can ban it.
Might it be that there is a quark of hope in that rathole? Probably not, but at least all you NY'rs can hold your heads high on this one