Southern Tier Landowners Preparing Lawsuit to Force State Decision on 'Fracking'
A group of Southern Tier landowners is planning to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York for delaying a decision on high volume hydraulic fracturing.
In a first of its kind lawsuit, the joint landowner coalition says it is planning a lawsuit against the state for violating property owner’s 5th amendment rights by repeatedly delaying a decision on hydrofracking.
An attorney for the group says the state is required to make a decision on high volume hydraulic fracturing in a reasonable time period and that hasn't happened.
The state has had a moratorium on hydrofracking for the last five years, and there is no indication of when the ban may be lifted.
The legal action is intended to force the state into a final decision on hydraulic fracturing. The landowner’s coalition feels their rights to profit from their land are being deprived because of the extended delay.
Citizen Action an anti-fracking advocacy group, says the delays are necessary to ensure all residents and landowners in New York are protected from the negative impacts of hydrofracking.
The lawsuit hasn't been filed yet because the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is still raising money to pay for any and all legal fees involved.