ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
Papers were served this week in a lawsuit against the Livingston County town of Avon and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said John Holko, owner of Lenape Resources, a small natural gas company based in Alexander, 35 miles southwest of Rochester. Holko is seeking at least $50 million in damages from the town, claiming its recent ban on gas drilling and storage has cost Lenape millions of dollars in lost business and unused mineral rights.
“I’ve drilled over 100 wells in this county,” Holko said. “I have 100 miles of pipeline, compressor stations and a disposal well. I supply gas to farmers, industrial users and interstate commerce. Now, because three guys on a town board decide they don’t want me here anymore, I’m out of business. There’s something dramatically wrong with that.”
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