Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 03, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on May 03, 2013 @ 5:46PM
On Thursday four mid-level appeal judges in New York ruled that municipalities can ban the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.
That's significant because municipalities all over the country have tried to put the kibosh on the process better known as fracking.
City officials in Morgantown were some of the folks who tried to jump on that bandwagon.
On Friday Morgantown City Manager, Jeff Mikorski said that what happened in the Empire State doesn't change anything in the Mountain State. He said it'll be up to city council they decide to try their attempts to ban fracking again.
The judges in New York ruled that state law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use. That's important because that's what local officials have argued to try to ban fracking in certain places.
Leaders in Morgantown tried to make that point when they made a similar attempt about a year ago.
Their argument ultimately failed, so instead they resorted to zoning laws to control where fracking could take place.
Mikorski said he understands that the industry can bring a huge economic impact along with it. However, he also mentioned there are plenty of residents who have voiced concerns about the potential impact it has on the environment.
Mikorski mentioned if anything was to change in Morgantown it'll have to be joint decision to file another appeal.
"It would be up to city council to make the determination if we want to move to be more restrictive for drilling and fracking," Mikorski said.
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