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Robinson Township v. Commonwealth

ELR Case

A Pennsylvania court severed in part and struck down in part certain provisions of Act 13, pertaining to oil and gas operations in the Marcellus Shale, that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court left undisturbed in its December 2013 decision...

Michigan: Land Use

ELR State Update Item

Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. Stockton, City of

ELR Case

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a citizen group's lawsuit seeking to vacate a city's approval of a "big box" retail store. The group alleged that the approval violated planning and zoning laws....

Will NYSDEC’s Proposed Regulations Prevent the Potential Significant Adverse Impacts of Fracking?

ELR Article

This Article explains the fracking process, how it differs from previous gas drilling processes, and the significance that fracking may have for America’s and New York’s
energy needs. The Article identifies fracking’s most...

Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield

ELR Case

A New York court upheld a town's enactment of a zoning law that bans oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, within the geographical borders of the township. The holder of two gas leases argued that §23-0303 of New York...

Anschutz Exploration Corp. v. Town of Dryden

ELR Case

A New York court upheld a town's zoning amendment that bans hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) within its jurisdiction. The zoning amendment was enacted in response to a petition from town residents concerned about hydrofracking's...

Cunney v. Board of Trustees of the Village of Grand View

ELR Case

The Second Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing a property owner's lawsuit against a zoning district that denied his variance request to build a single-family home on his land. The district denied his application...