Thursday, January 27, 2011

Legal Rights of Local Governments: Home Rule vs. DEC's Regulatory System



United Church of Christ
Norwich, NY

January 27, 2011

The was the third meeting of the "Fourth Thursday's Speakers Series" informational forums on natural gas drilling issues. This time attorneys Mary Jo Long and Helen Slottje offered their expertise on the rights of local governments to control their land use.

Helen Slottje is a senior lawyer at CEDC, the Community Environmental Defense Council, working alongside Ithaca, NY area municipalities and citizens' groups who seek legal protection from the threats posed by industrial style natural gas extraction. CEDC focuses on sustainable development and the rights of the commons to clean water and air and a healthy environment.

Mary Jo Long has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, and a former legal director at Case Western Reserve. She has experience in constitutional, administrative and municipal law. An elected member of the Afton, NY Town Board, she recently helped pass their new "concentrated heavy traffic" road preservation law, the strongest in Chenango County.

Sponsor: Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy (C-CARE)

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling