Fox 40 Staff 12/15/2014 (Updated 6:35:35 PM)
When New York's highest court upheld fracking bans in Dryden and Middlefield it also shifted the responsibility to allow the drilling process through zoning to local municipalities.
Town of Windsor Supervisor Carolyn Price is the President of the Upstate Association of Towns - a group of 14 localities - many of which would be in the sweet spot of fracking if it were allowed.
"If the Governor said today (fracking) is OK and companies got permits there, we believe the state is going to come back to the towns and say, "Is it allowed?" And you're going to have to prove it's allowed," said Windsor Town Supervisor Carolyn Price.
Price says the Windsor board is already committed to updating it's 2006 Comprehensive Plan to address allowing for fracking. She points to a recent survey which showed residents there strongly favored allowing it.
"We know what the people want. We know that the plan does not say anything about it so we have to amend our plan," said Price.
Environmental lawyer Helen Slotjje says localities must specifically zone to allow for fracking in their comprehensive plans. She says it can be a lengthy process...