Law360 Guest Article: Drilling Into Ambiguities In Oil And Gas Laws


As the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing (hydro-fracking) and natural gas drilling ensues, a New York court upheld a town’s zoning ordinance banning natural gas drilling.

Although a case of first impression, the Tompkins County New York Supreme Court relied on the jurisprudence from a comparable statute and held that New York’s Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does not prohibit a town from enacting zoning ordinances which prohibit oil and gas drilling in its boundaries.

Excerpt from Law360, March 28, 2012. To view the full article, click here (subscription required).

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