|OXFORD VILLAGE BOARD SUPER-MAJORITY PROHIBITS FRACKINGFebruary 5, 2013
Tuesday night at 7:40 the Village Board of Oxford voted 4-1 to prohibit
gas drilling — an irreversible super-majority that because of the
principle of Home Rule cannot be overruled
by the State or the County.
Our mile-square village in New York’s Southern Tier has become
the first municipality in Chenango County to be free from hydraulic
How Oxford Achieved This Victory
The successful climax to a seven-month saga was preceded by two
months of nail-biting twists and turns that surprised even those closely attuned
to the action and even confused many local residents and interested observers who
were familiar with the events leading up to the momentous Village Board decision.
Recent events: The Village Board had almost approved a one-year moratorium
in December but tabled it after a handful of local landowners and business people
threatened a lawsuit.
Mayor Terry Stark made a smart tactical turn based on the pro-gas lobby’s
assertion that a moratorium was unnecessary because the present village zoning laws
already tacitly prohibited gas drilling. Mayor Stark asked supportive attorneys
to draw up a unique clarifying amendment to the village zoning laws that
affirmed a prohibition of fracking.
In early January the Village Planning Board voted unanimously to refer the
proposal to the full Village board, which approved the amendment 4-1.
At the last minute—just before the final hearing–the pro-gas Chenango County
Planning Board denied its approval for the clarifying amendment after
approving weeks earlier the village’s moratorium.
Unexpected Consent to Amendment by Landowners Group
Then at last week’s (end of January) high stakes final hearing–to everyone’s
surprise–a spokesman for local gas drilling supporters consented to the
The February 5, 2013 historic victory by a 4-1 super-majority
overrides the County Planning Board’s denial.
How We Won
Our success was possible because of broad community support, an industrious and
consensus-building mayor and three enlightened and civic-minded village trustees.
Thank you all!
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For more information email us at info@OxfordVisionaries.org
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