We have just received word from a reliable source that Judge Philip R. Rumsey has ruled in favor of the Town of Dryden in the lawsuit filed by Anschutz Exploration Company against the town. Dryden has used its home rule power to limit land uses within its town to those in its Comprehensive Plan, excluding the mining of oil and gas.
More about the case can be read here. It is anticipated that the verdict will be appealed. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: A link is now available to Judge Rumsey’s decision.
There is also a story at Politics on the Hudson that quotes Tom West, the Anshutz lawyer, as saying that they will decide whether or not to appeal within 30 days…. and that “We certainly believe that if this case goes up to the Appellate Division, that the appellate courts will, we think, find some of the legal arguments we’ve put forth to be persuasive.” Local coverage at the Ithaca Journal, too. And at Ecowatch.