On Monday, January 14, 2013, The West Firm filed reply briefs in support of the appeals in the Dryden and Middlefield cases. Both briefs put forth a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why both lower courts were in error and why the decision should be reversed by the Appellate Division, Third
Department. Tom West, Managing Partner of The West Firm, PLLC, said the following: "This is the final step in the process to set the record straight in New York State concerning the preemptive effect of the New York Environmental Conservation Law on the ability of municipalities to ban or regulate natural gas exploration and development. We expect that these cases will be argued in March, which will lead to decisions this spring that will determine the fate of natural gas drilling in New York."
Click here to read the Middlefield Reply Brief.
Click here to read the Dryden Reply Brief.