Pro-fracking property owners asked a New York court to allow them to sue the state’s governor for delaying a decision whether to allow high-volume fracking.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York based in Binghamton filed an appeal Monday with the state Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court decision to toss their lawsuit.
The group sued Cuomo and his administration in February, alleging he has unnecessarily delayed a decision to allow fracking.
“The denial of due process and the erosion of landowner rights should be of concern to all New Yorkers,” Joint Landowners Coalition President Dan Fitzsimmons said. “Governor Cuomo and our New York agencies cannot be shielded by our courts when they fail to follow the law.”
New York put a hold on high-volume fracking in 2008 pending an environmental review.
The review was completed in 2012.
A new review on the health effects of fracking was ordered but hasn’t been completed.
Cuomo’s administration hasn’t said when the health review will be done.
A complaint filed by the Joint Landowners Coalition was dismissed by a lower court in July, which said the group hadn’t been harmed by the fracking moratorium.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is fighting the lawsuit.