Dillingham: Middlefield’s Ban Laid Groundwork For State Ban

Dillingham: Middlefield’s Ban

Laid Groundwork For State Ban

Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham, left, and its executive director, Ellen Pope, right, were among local people in Albany last March when the state Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to anti-fracking arguments.  Over the summer, the court upheld the Town of Middlefield's ban, as well as Dryden's.
Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham, left, and its executive director, Ellen Pope, right, were among local people in Albany last March when the state Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to anti-fracking arguments. Over the summer, the court upheld the Town of Middlefield’s ban, as well as Dryden’s.

COOPERSTOWN – The Town of Middlefield success in banning fracking within its borders played an “important role” in the decision to ban fracking in New York State, Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham said in a statement released a few moments ago.

“It is significant to note that the legal decisions in the Dryden/Middlefield cases played an important role in the analysis,” wrote Dillingham. “In these cases, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the right of local governments to ban fracking based on zoning and police powers.

“As a result, much of New York became unavailable for fracking and the economic benefits to the State or proceeding were greatly diminished.”

OTSEGO 2000 ISSUES STATEMENT ON FRACKING BAN