Oxford lets drilling moratorium slide, pursues other options

OXFORD – A proposed nine-month moratorium on shale gas drilling within the confines of the village limits will be allowed to expire Sunday. The proposed moratorium, which has given rise to a large degree of attention, was tabled on Dec.11, during a village board of trustees meeting attended by approximately 80 people. Based on the board of trustees’ prior history voting on the drafted moratorium, it was believed by many they would vote during the December meeting to enact it. But, after the Central New York Landowners Coalition (CNYLC) threatened litigation should the municipality enact the moratorium, the board decided to instead table it for further review.

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