This week's Independent
features a story, "Power of one,"
about Philip Anschutz
, the billionaire owner of The Broadmoor
, which is in the midst of working a deal to gain ownership of city-owned 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space.
A news item worth noting that wasn't in that story involves the small New York town of Dryden, which was sued by Anschutz several years ago after the town banned fracking within the city limits.
EarthJustice website carried this story
about the court battle, which lasted several years and eventually led to victory for the small town. Anschutz pulled out of the lawsuit after losing at the New York Supreme Court level and was replaced by a Norwegian oil and gas company, which lost at the appellate level.
Here's the opening of the story:
An upstate New York town is fighting to preserve its way of life in a lawsuit pitting a small town's rights against an out-of-state oil and gas company’s wishes.
More than a hundred towns in New York have enacted local bans or moratoriums on gas drilling, including the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the ground to extract gas from hard-to-reach deposits deep in the earth.
Among those municipalities is the Town of Dryden—which is now being sued.
In September of 2011, the privately-held Anschutz Exploration Corporation, owned by Forbes-ranked Phillip Anshutz (net worth: $7.5 billion), sued the Town of Dryden (population: 14,500) in a bid to force the town to accept industrial gas drilling—including fracking—within town limits.
For the latest on what's happening with fracking in Colorado, check out J. Adrian Stanley's story
, which also appears in this week's Indy