Useful New York Times (NYT) update on New York municipal litigation and rules already enacted is found here.
Per the NYT: Fracking has been the subject of five years of evaluation by state officials, including a continuing, and some say strategically delayed, “health impact analysis” by the New York State Health Department — a process whose pace has been criticized by both supporters and opponents of fracking. In August 2011, Dryden, New York, passed a municipal zoning ordinance effectively forbidding hydraulic fracturing. The ordinance prompted a lawsuit now being mulled by New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, whose ruling could settle the long-simmering issue of whether the state’s municipalities can ban the drilling process.
Per the NYT: “It’s going to decide the future of the oil and gas industry in the state of New York,” said Thomas West, a lawyer for Norse Energy Corporation USA, which has sought to have the ban overturned and will file legal briefs on the appeal on Monday.