Highland becomes 4th Sullivan town to ban fracking

7/12/12, Times Herald-Record
Steve Israel

ELDRED — Add another Sullivan County town to those that have banned gas drilling. The Town of Highland on Tuesday became the fourth town in the county to ban high impact industrial uses such as the horizontal natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Its Town Board voted 5-0 for a such a ban.

Highland, which borders the Delaware River, joined its neighbors to the north, Tusten and Bethel, and its southern neighbor, Lumberland, to change its zoning for the ban. The votes were unanimous in all four towns.

The Highland move is significant because it comes before the state finally decides whether fracking can proceed, and what the regulations would be if it’s allowed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Department of Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens have repeatedly said that a town’s position on fracking will matter when — or if — the state determines where drilling permits will be issued.  Read more……

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