Alexander Betke

Alexander Betke

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New York Environmental Commissioner Will Issue an Order Early Next Year Banning “Fracking,” Under a Moratorium Since 2008

In a much-anticipated report, the New York State Department of Health has concluded that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) should be banned statewide. In a nutshell, the Department found that there was insufficient...more

12/23/2014 - Department of Health Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

NYS Department of Health Developing Regulations Governing Use of Medical Marijuana for Official Launch in January 2016

As one of its final acts of the 2014 legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed the “Compassionate Care Act” making New York the twenty-third state to permit the use of medical marijuana. This new law will...more

9/25/2014 - Compassionate Use Act Healthcare Medical Marijuana

New York Court of Appeals Sustains Anti-hydrofracking Zoning Regulations as Permissible Exercise of Municipal Authority Under Home...

In a closely watched decision, a majority of the New York Court of Appeals has held that local anti-hydrofracking zoning rules can trump the state’s pro-energy development oil and gas law. The Court’s decision came in a pair...more

7/2/2014 - Conflicts of Laws Energy Fracking Fracking Bans Municipalities Oil & Gas

New York Appeals Court Upholds Zoning Laws Banning Hydrofracking over State Oil and Gas Laws

In Norse Energy Corporation USA v. Town of Dryden, et al. and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield, the Third Department upheld local ordinances banning all activities related to the exploration for and the...more

5/30/2013 - Declaratory Relief Fracking Fracking Bans Local Ordinance Moratorium Natural Gas Oil & Gas Preemption

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