Avon Proposes Temporary Ban on Industrial Solar Fields

AVON – The Town of Avon scheduled a public hearing for a moratorium and prohibition of large-scale solar fields. This may surprise some residents, since Avon Central School is home to the largest solar field on any school grounds in New York State. However, the moratorium, if passed, would not stop that solar field from operating. It would, however, prevent any similar fields from being built. "The moratorium only affects large-scale … [Read more...]

Groveland Prohibits Solar Farms for Zoning Code Updates

GROVELAND – The Town of Groveland passed a moratorium and prohibition on of solar farm development so that zoning laws can be updated to address such projects. Groveland Town Supervisor Bill Carman said that the ban only affects large-scale industrial-type projects. To date, no businesses have applied for such a project in Groveland. Residents can still operate private solar panels for their residences. "The Town hasn't received any … [Read more...]

Lima Considers Changing Large Solar Panel Moratorium

LIMA – The Town of Lima is considering changing their moratorium on the construction of large solar panel operations. Deputy Supervisor Cathy Gardner plans to present information learned at a recent New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERTA) training in Mount Morris to the Town Zoning, Planning and Agriculture Boards for feedback on a change to the moratorium on large solar operations passed last year. "They are … [Read more...]

Avon Could Extend Frack Moratorium in Case NYS Flips Ban

AVON – Though New York State passed a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' in December, the Avon Town Board is still carefully weighing the options when it comes to local fracking legislation. At Thursday's Town Board meeting, Town Attorney Jim Campbell recommended that the Board should plan ahead for any possible legislative changes on the state level by having local policies in place. "The landscape could stay the same … [Read more...]

Nojay Throws Wrench in the Gears for State Frack Ban

NYLON – Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,C) has called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift the ban on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking or hydrofracking, saying that the Obama Administration’s new four-year study shows that drilling for natural gas, when done with adequate oversight, has no significant impact on the environment. According to a press release from James Coughlin, Nojay said that fracking is the best jobs program in New York … [Read more...]

Lawsuit against Avon gas moratorium hits national headlines

ALBANY- The lawsuit between the natural gas company Lenape Resources and the Town of Avon has begun to enter the national spotlight.An article published by the Huffington Post outlines the lawsuit, in which the small company is seeking $50 million in damages from the town due to the moratorium on natural gas passed last June.In a statement to the Huffington Post, Lenape Resources president John Holko stated "I've drilled over 100 wells in this … [Read more...]