An upstate New York village has lost a court challenge of its water sales to a Shell Oil Co. subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
Environmental groups and several individuals sued after the Steuben County village of Painted Post signed a contract in 2012 with Shell subsidiary SWEPI LP. The five-year contract called for up to a million gallons of water shipped daily by rail to drilling sites for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The Sierra Club and People for a Healthy Environment claimed village officials failed to do a state-mandated environmental impact review.
The state Supreme Court Appellate Division on Dec 31 upheld a lower court ruling voiding the water sale agreement.
Painted Post Deputy Mayor Richard Thorne told the Elmira Star-Gazette that officials haven’t decided whether to pursue a new contract.