Takings Clause Takes Center Stage In NY Fracking Dispute

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 12:27 PM EST) -- New York may soon face a new legal challenge to its 2008 moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the state's shale formations. A group of landowners is claiming that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been stalling the state's regulatory review process in an effort to keep the moratorium in place while he focuses on his 2014 re-election campaign. The news comes as oil and gas companies are beginning to shift their resources to states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that have shown greater tolerance for advanced drilling techniques using hydraulic fracturing.

In November, the Joint Landowners Coalition...

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