Community Environmental Defense Council’s work with towns

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VIDEO: Options for Local Land Use Laws – Presentation to Plymouth Town Board

Posted: 13 Feb 2012 07:01 AM PST

Plymouth NY 2/13/2012. David Slottje of Community Environmental Defense Council gives a presentation about NY ECL 23-0303, zoning under general police powers, and why all NY Towns now should enact a local ban on hydrofracking as heavy industrial activity. He explains the legal basis and judicial precedents behind this strategy.

VIDEO: Attorney David Slottje Exhorts Vestal Town Board to Ban Drilling While They Can

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 10:21 AM PST


Attorney David Slottje Exhorts Vestal Town Board to Ban Drilling While They Can from Ben B on Vimeo.

1/23/2012 – Attorney David Slottje tells the Vestal town board why they can, and should, enact a moratorium or a ban on gas drilling. New York State law clearly gives towns the authority to restrict gas drilling altogether, despite misleading statements to the contrary from gas drilling proponents. In fact, they plant such false doubts in order to scare towns into waiting until after permits are issued to consider moratoria/bans, so as to put towns in a weaker legal position, with increased liability. The town should pass a moratorium before the state issues permit and the companies invest in HVHF. Slottje and his wife Helen work pro bono to help towns craft ordinances to preserve their rights.

VIDEO: Options for Local Control for a Town Without Zoning

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:59 AM PST

Attorney David Slottje, Community Environmental Defense Council. November 17, 2011. Legal Issues Related to Banning Hydrofracking in the Town of Enfield: An Information Session to Understand the Options. Town of Enfield’s lawyer, Guy Krogh, and David Slottje of Community Environmental Defense Council address town board and residents of the Town of Enfield. Video by Cris McConkey. Audio by Bo Lipari.

STAR GAZETTE: Home rulemust protect from perils of fracking

Posted: 16 Nov 2011 10:43 AM PST

Waiting to pass a moratorium or protective law until after the DEC begins issuing drilling permits deprives the municipality of the single, flimsy protection for local control that the DEC has built into its draft SGEIS — the right to say that a proposal to frack in the town is “inconsistent with local land use laws.” […] waiting is not the “fiscally prudent” thing to do.

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NPR: New York Town Takes Up Fracking Issue

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 11:45 AM PDT

Some towns in New York are rushing to ban horizontal hydrofracking, a controversial technique for capturing natural gas trapped deep under ground. The state itself has yet to approve fracking, but Dryden, N.Y., isn’t taking any chances. Town supervisors approved a ban based on local zoning. David Chanatry of the New York Reporting Project at Utica College reports, the Dryden’s ban is the issue in next week’s town board elections.

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VIDEO: We Wanna Frackin’ Ban!

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 07:49 AM PDT

RIVER REPORTER: ‘Prohibiting’ and ‘regulating’ are not the same

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 11:47 AM PDT

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