The vote comes on the heels of last fall’s ill-fated
The moratorium was unanimously approved with a slate of consent agenda items — a bundle of resolutions typically reserved for bulk approval without discussion.
The site highlighted by the town’s recent fracking scare — which is owned by
It’s unclear what specifically will go into the town’s new oil and gas approach moving forward, though officials have hinted in recent weeks at several directions.
Among them is a turn toward home rule, which, simply defined, gives cities and towns leverage to localize legislation while limiting state intervention.
Leaders appear split on the option, and its effectiveness in matters of oil and gas is often up for debate. In the case of a dispute, higher courts determine whether an issue constitutes “local concern,” and certain state laws often prevail.
Efforts to regulate oil and gas at the local level have often proved futile, with many being overturned by the courts.
The town also has hired attorney
The likeliest of options for
Meanwhile, the efforts of state residents to see more done to limit oil and gas activity were dealt a blow on Monday morning, when the
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