County Bans on the Improper Re-use and Disposal of Fracking Waste

County Bans on the Improper Re-use and Disposal of Fracking Waste

At least 10 New York counties have passed bans on the improper re-use and/or disposal of fracking waste. Ulster, Oneida, Tompkins, and Orange Counties have prohibited road spreading of fracking waste, and Nassau County has prohibited the acceptance of such waste at wastewater treatment facilities. Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Albany, and Suffolk Counties have prohibited both road spreading and acceptance of fracking waste at wastewater treatment plants.

For a link to a particular ban, click on the county name:

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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

40 bans, 104 moratoria, 86 movements for prohibitions

By my current tally, we’re up to 40 bans, 104 moratoria, 86 movements for prohibitions! Keep the good news coming in, and I’ll get your additions into the next edition of our map.
Here’s the permanent map link:
All the best,

Karen Edelstein
NYS Coordinator
FracTracker Alliance

Columbia Law School : Model Municipal Wind Siting Ordinance

Columbia Law School : Model Municipal Wind Siting Ordinance.

Tully Oct. 3, 2011 How to Craft and Adopt Local Laws to Protect Land and Natural Resources

Monday     October 3, 2011   1-5pm   Tully, NY

Education & Information
 for Local Town Governments

How to Craft and Adopt 

Local  Laws

to Protect Land and Natural Resources 

This is a hands-on, how-to workshop.  Examples of local laws will be reviewed. Process of adoption will be reviewed. Possible benefits and risks will be outlined. The newly revised, released DEC sgeis will serve as background.

There is no one law for every town.  This workshop is being presented  with a clear understanding that laws must be in accordance with each individual town’s comprehensive plan, existing zoning ordinances, designations and actual natural features.

Careful review of examples from towns across NYS
 * Moratorium on heavy industrial usage (9 months)  
 * Heavy Industrial Usage Ban
 * Specific Hydro-fracking Gas Drilling Ban

 * Back up findings and documentation to support bans such as long EAF, comprehensive plans, CEA designations, agricultural districts, etc.


 Effective, Specific Types of Zoning
 * local wetlands protection
 * steep slope protection
 * no clear cutting
 * noise control
 * air pollution – source based pollution
 * night artificial lighting protection
 * truck traffic regulation
 * aquifer protection

Interactive Presentations and Discussions with:

Michael E. Kenneally, Jr.
Associate Counsel
Association of Towns of the State of New York
Albany, NY

Helen Slottje, Attorney
David Slottje, Attorney
Community Environmental Defense Council

Guy K. Krogh, Attorney
Ithaca, NY

October 3, 2011

1:00 – 5:00 pm 


Open to any local town supervisor, board member, attorney, zoning and comprehensive committee members or involved citizen.

Must pre-register by September 24th.  Limit 60.  Already filling up!!!

  Email with name, town, position, contact info.

St. Leo’s Catholic Church
Community Hall
10 Onondaga St.
Tully, NY

less than a mile of Rt. 81, Tully exit

Ulysses town adopts industrial ban

Town of Ulysses local law public hearing

100% of speakers in favor of prohibition of gas drilling industrialization June 29, 2011, Trumansburg, NY

Summary by Krys Cail The hearing for the Town of Ulysses new local law regarding gas drilling was held last night. Our law is a bit different than some others, in that it asserts that Town zoning law, which has a limited area in which only light industrial uses are allowed, has always prohibited heavy industrial uses such as those associated with HVSW hydrofracking. Our proposed local law clarifies this existing prohibition. The Elementary School auditorium was definitely necessary to accommodate the large turnout. Speaker after speaker after speaker got up to address the board. After an hour and a half of testimony, the relieved crowd left in a jubilant mood– not a single speaker had failed to completely support the Board’s proposed law. In my 25 years of active involvement as a citizen in Town issues, I have never seen an issue about which there was such unanimous opinion. This in a town with deep, contentious divisions between Democrats and Republicans, rural people of limited means and wealthy academics and lakeshore second home owners. For one evening, we put our differences aside and spoke clearly: if there is one thing we agree about, it is that we love where we live and we don’t want it fracked. WHAT are you waiting for? Give your town’s residents a chance to stand up for the worth of their town! Start that petition today! How to submit comments

Marcellus Municipal Co-op: The Time is Now « Beaver Countian

Marcellus Municipal Co-op: The Time is Now « Beaver Countian.