Municipal Law and Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking

Municipal Law and Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking

Held on September 28, 2012, this program provided guidance on how municipal officials can use their local land use tools to effectively plan for the potential introduction of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in their communities. Panels discussed state regulation of HVHF, water withdrawal concerns, preemption and home rule litigation, effective land use controls, municipal ethics, and opportunities for training. The panels included practicing attorneys, planners, academics and scholars.


Explanations below.

Municipal Law & Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking – Panel 1

from Government Law Center2 days ago

Current Status of HVHF and Water Withdrawal Issues
Moderator: Michael Bogin, Esq., Sive, Paget & Riesel
Panelists: Mark Boling, Esq., V+ Development Solutions, Southwestern Energy
Daniel Raichel, Esq., Project Attorney, NRDC
Brian G. Rahm, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Associate, NYS Water Resources Institute

Municipal Law and Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking – Panels Two and Three

from Government Law Center2 days ago

Panel Two: Responding to HVHF: Municipal Ethics
Moderator: Mike Kenneally, Esq., Association of Towns
Panelists: Richard Rifkin, Esq., New York State Bar Association
Stephen Leventhal, Esq., Leventhal, Cursio, Mullaney & Sliney LLP

Panel Three: SEQRA and HVHF
Moderator: Charles Gottlieb, Esq., Government Law Center of Albany Law School
Panelist: Chris Amato, Esq., Sive, Paget & Riesel

Municipal Law and Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking – Panel Four

from Government Law Center2 days ago

Responding to HVHF: Legal Considerations
Moderator: Tom Wilber, Author, “Under the Surface, Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale”
Panelists: Tom West, Esq., The West Firm
Steven Barshov, Esq., Sive, Paget & Riesel
Helen Slottje, Esq., Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc.

Municipal Law & Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking – Panels Five and Six

from Government Law Center2 days ago

Panel Five: Responding to HVHF: Effective Local Planning Tools
Moderator: Chip Northrup
Panelists: Krys Cail, Consultant, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship
Nan Stolzenburg, AICP, Community Planning & Environmental Associates
Ted Fink, AICP, Green Plan, Inc.

Panel Six: Responding to HVHF: Municipal Training
Panelists: Rod Howe, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Community and Regional Development Institute
David Kay, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Community and Regional Development Institute
Robert Ross, Ph.D, Paleontological Research Institute

Local goverment ethics codes,


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Codes of Ethics;

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    CODE OF CONDUCT. This Code of Conduct is designed to describe the manner in which Board, Commission and. Committee members (“Town officials” or 

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    2.05-1 Section 2.05 Town Officials Code of Ethics 2.05(A) Title 

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    The title of this Section is Town Officials Code of Ethics. The purpose of this Section is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all such officials 

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    Code of Ethics – Redding, CT…/Chapter%2035-Code%20of%20Ethics….

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    Town of Redding a Code of Ethics setting forth standards of ethical conduct for allTown officials, including all members of boards and commissions, whether 

  4. Town Board Code of Ethics | Fuquay-Varina…of…/code-of-ethics.html

    The Code of Ethics for the Town Board of Commissioners was adopted on  officialswe are charged with upholding the trust of the citizens of the Town of 

  5. Board of Ethics – Town of Greenwich, Connecticut

    Under the Code of Ethics, elected and appointed officials, employees, consultants and agents of the Town are Town Officers, including members of any Town 

  6. Town of Littleton, Massachusetts – Code of Conduct and Ethics

    Nov 17, 2008 – A municipality may have a Code of Conduct, provided it is  creating a Unified Code of Conduct and Ethics for Town Officials as a standard for 

  7. Town Code of Ethics Policy

    Directory · Town Hall · Court · Committees · Polling Places · Register to Vote · Services · Emergency Services. Town Officials. Supervisor · Town Board · Justice 

  8. Mountain Village, CO – Official Website – Code of Ethics

    We strive to be honest and transparent. We also recognize the need for your confidence and trust in all that we do for you. Those who hold public office or are 

  9. TOWNS | Sample Code of Ethics for Municipalities…/sample_code_of_ethics_for_munici.aspx

    Sample Code of Ethics for Municipalities. Outline of Provisions 1. Conflicts of Interest No Official 2 may take action that provides a financial or other personal 

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    1. TownEmployees are expected to adhere to legal, moral and professional 

Sample Code of Ethics for Municipalities (from NY Assn Twns)

Outline of Provisions 1
  1. Conflicts of Interest
    No Official 2 may take action that provides a financial or other personal benefit to the official, relatives (define), customers, clients, an employer, or a person who has made campaign contributions to the official within a 12 month period.
  2. Appearance of Impropriety
    An official must avoid circumstances that compromise his ability to make decisions solely in the public interest or create an appearance of impropriety.
    Note: Although sections 1 and 2 are included in most codes of ethics, they require consideration of specific facts and circumstances. This is the role of a board of ethics, which can engage in fact-finding and issue an advisory opinion.
  3. Recusal
    An official must recuse himself when faced with the above conflicts.
    Recusal Defined
        14. Training

Each municipal official annually shall receive training concerning the requirements of the code of ethics and the procedure for seeking an opinion or investigation by the board of ethics. Copies of the code and amendments to the code shall be provided to all officials.

Google search: “Town Officials code of ethics new york state”

  1. TOWNS | Sample Code of Ethics for Municipalities…/sample_code_of_ethics_for_munici.aspx

    Association of Towns of the State of New York  Note: Although sections 1 and 2 are included in most codes of ethics, they require consideration of specific facts 

  2. Ethics Board | Town of Clarence, NY

    Your information resource from the government of Erie County, New York  The Ethics Board promotes an environment where Town officials, employees, board and  This is accomplished by ensuring fullcompliance with the Code of Ethics

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    Conflicts of Interest of Municipal Officers and Employees

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    help you better understand New York State law as it pertains to conflicts of interest libraries, town and county improvement districts, urban renewal agencies and industrial naming of an official newspaper of a municipality. What is an …. guidance of a municipality’s officers and employees.1 A code of ethics must address 

  4. Town of New Lebanon – Columbia County NY

    If you feel there has been a violation of this code, you may file a complaint by sending a letter to: Ethics Board Chairperson P.O. Box 328, New Lebanon, NY 

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    Some Options When A NY Representative Of Yours Is Not Acting 

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    or public officials who in their capacity as a public servant failed to perform a  town,village or municipal corporation in NY state, and each and every one of …. code of ethics should be reviewed to determine whether it contains any pertinent 

  6. New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

    Constitution · Judiciary Law · Judicial Conduct Rules · Commission Rules  Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct The Commission has determined that Glenville Town Court Justice and 

  7. Town of Newburgh – Ethics Code

    This chapter shall be known as the “Code of Ethics of the Town of Newburgh. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of In supplementation of the foregoing, pursuant to § 801 of New York State 

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    LOCGI LEW . y – ‘ NEWYORK STATE  – Town of Canaan

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    A local law to enact a Code of Ethics and Disclosure for the Town of Canaan.  in compliance with Article ‘I8 of the New York State General Municipal Law.  TOWNOFFICERIMUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE shall mean any public official, officer 

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    WORKING RULES ON ETHICS FOR ZONING BOARDS OF –…ethicsny_state/wrking_rules_ethics_zoning_bds_a…

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    Copyright by the Association of Towns of the State of New. York.  town? (2) Does the town official have an interest in the contract? (3) Does the town official have  is found in article 18 of the New York  and complete code of ethics to guide 

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    Local Ethics Codes – New York Attorney General – New York State…/Ethics_Codes_brochure.pdf

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    elected officials are doing the right thing.  brochure discusses New York State’s ethics regulations  and village adopt an ethics code setting forth the standard 

Stanley R Scobie, Ph.D., Binghamton, NY, US


Senior Fellow. Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for healthy energy