Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - December 23, 2017

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

Fracking: Landowner Sues New York, Seeks Compensation for Ban

An East Rochester attorney waging a years-long battle over New York’s hydraulic fracturing ban is taking a new approach, filing a lawsuit last week attempting to force the state to compensate him for the oil-and-gas rights on his land.

Attorney David Morabito and his wife, Colette, are suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation in federal court, arguing that the state essentially took their property rights by preventing them from allowing high-volume fracking on their land.

The Morabitos own land in Allegany County within the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation, which was once targeted by natural-gas drillers looking to pay landowners for their mineral rights until Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration banned high-volume fracking in late 2014.

Their case centers on the constitutional “takings” principle in the Fifth Amendment, which prevents governments from taking private property for public use “without just compensation.”

In his lawsuit, Morabito called the Cuomo administration’s decision a “complete sham and a constitutional ‘taking.'”

“(The) actions taken by the State of New York … are not based on science, technology or even conservation,” Morabito wrote in his Dec. 12 lawsuit.

A “complete sham and a constitutional ‘taking.'” Yeah, that pretty well sums it up.

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