"Home Rule" Rules!
NY Appellate Court Upholds Towns' Powers to Regulate Land Use
"...this does not equate to an intention to require oil and gas drilling operations to occur in each and every location where such resource is present, regardless of the land uses existing in that locale. Indeed, the policy of the OGSML explicitly seeks to protect the rights of "all persons including landowners and the general public" - not just the owners of oil and gas properties, such as petitioner ..., a goal which is realized when individual municipalities can determine whether drilling activities are appropriate for their respective communities." (Decision, p. 15.)
We are indeed fortunate to have such a strong community committed to protecting our region's singularly beautiful resources.