NY’s High Court Affirms Communities’ Right to Ban Fracking
Statement from Katherine Nadeau, Policy Director
“As other states roll over for a very deep-pocketed fracking industry, communities throughout New York – large and small – have challenged them and won! The fracking industry has spent millions to bully our state, even sending a team of lawyers to strip away the rights of communities who have chosen to ban fracking within their municipal lines. Cities, towns and villages have long retained the right to protect against industries they believe can cause harm, and this was nothing more than a brazen attempt by frackers to exploit the judicial system for their own financial gain.
Environmental Advocates proudly applauds those who made this victory possible, in particular the groundbreaking work of attorneys Helen and David Slottje, all of the municipal leaders and activists who fought to protect their rights, and Deborah Goldberg and the team at Earthjustice who have helped protect communities and established precedent on how to win against an industry accustomed to getting its way.”