Village of Oxford passes zoning amendment which nixes hydrofracking

OXFORD – The Village of Oxford is now the only municipality in Chenango County to pass a regulation prohibiting hydrofracking. An amendment to the village’s zoning ordinance prohibiting the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing within the village limits was passed by the board of trustees during a special board meeting Tuesday attended by 26 people.

While the Village of Oxford is the only local government to rule against hydrofracking, nine other municipalities in the county have enacted preemptive resolutions permitting the practice. The Town of Oxford has decided to wait for a state decision.

The village’s amendment is defined by its author, pro-bono consulting attorney David Slottje, as a clarification/confirmation of the existing zoning ordinance’s content. Last night, it was passed by a vote of four to one. Board members Joseph Spence, Dale Leach, John O’Connor, and Village Mayor Terry Stark voted for the enactment of the amendment, while Matthew Voce voted against. In a letter dated Jan. 24, the Chenango County Planning Board denied its approval of the amendment, making it

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