By Kourosh Behnam
February 23, 2012
Yesterday, New York judge Philip Rumsey ruled that the town of Dryden’s ban on fracking is legal. This is a significant victory for all environmental groups fighting to keep water clean in Tompkins County. I say job well done comrades!
This lawsuit was initiated by the Anschutz Exploration Corporation, owned by the oligarch Philip Anschutz. His corporation has leases on over 22,000 acres of land in the town of Dryden, investing $5.1 million in drilling operations.
As of September 2011 Philip Anschutz’s wealth is at $7 Billion. His Exploration Corporation currently has projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Two drilling rigs in North Dakota are under a long term contract. Since 2010 his corporation has instated drilling plans in all six states.
I foresee other battles in each state where Anschutz Exploration Corporation has drilling operations. I only hope that we obtain victory!