Judge throws out City of Binghamton’s moratorium on drilling

BINGHAMTON - A judge threw out the City of Binghamton’s moratorium on natural gas drilling late yesterday following a lawsuit filed by a Vestal-based landowners coalition and five businesses, including the owner of a stone manufacturing plant in Binghamton.

New York Supreme Court Justice Ferris D. Lebous invalidated the local ordinance, ruling that it failed to meet the criteria for a properly enacted moratorium and was based on the conjecture that drilling presents a hazardous crises that must be prevented.

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