Five landowners in the city of Binghamton, New York have filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court in Broome County seeking to overturn a fracking ban, alleging that Mayor Matthew Ryan and the Binghamton city council violated state law when they passed a two-year fracking ban before getting approval to do so from the county planning department, Reuters reports.
The plaintiffs include two landowner groups, two individual landowners, and the Arena Hotel Corporation, who together own “dozens, if not hundreds of acres” of land in the area. The lawsuit is different then other cases in that it does not allege that drilling bans are illegal. Two judges, earlier this year, upheld permanent fracking bans in Dryden, and Ithaca suburb, and in Middlefield, located near Cooperstown. In both of those cases, the involved towns argued that drilling bans were within their rights to regulate.