Homer Town Board Tables Moratorium on Gas Drilling
Friday, October 5, 2012
Homer Town Board Tables Moratorium on Gas Drilling
Town of Homer leaders have voted to table a proposed moratorium on gas drilling the town.
Citing a ruling this week by a Stet Supreme Court Judge that struck down the City of Binghamton’s two-year-old ban on gas drilling, the Homer Town Board voted Wednesday night to hold of any decision its own drilling ban.
The town board has been under pressure from local residents to adopt a drilling ban, supporters say there is too much at stake like the areas sole source aquifer which provides drinking water to a large portion of the County, to even consider allowing drilling.
Town Supervisor Fred Forbes has maintained that taking any action until the State releases it’s revised drilling regulations is premature and will most likely result in a costly lawsuit for the town to defend.
On Wednesday, board members on the advice of Town Attorney Patrick Snyder decided to table the moratorium in order to study the court ruling that set aside the Binghamton ban.
The town currently has a zoning committee that is studying potential rules for gas drilling including property set backs and regulations for drilling related activities and equipment. That Committee will continue to meet.
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