ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WHAM News) _ A natural gas drilling company is suing state regulators and a western New York town where it has operated for decades over a local moratorium that threatens to put the company out of business.
John Holko, owner of Lenape Resources, says papers were served this week in his lawsuit against the town of Avon. He says the town's gas-drilling moratorium and others like it violate a law giving the state Department of Environmental Conservation sole authority to regulate oil and gas development.
Holko is also suing DEC, saying it's required to take action against the local bans. A lawyer for Lenape tells WHAM News the suit will ask for at least $50 million in damages if the situation is not resolved.
DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis has said the issue will be decided by two cases now before the appellate court. .