Gas drillers aren't exactly clamoring to set up rigs in the Ulster County town of Olive, well north and east of the more gas-rich parts of the Marcellus Shale in New York State. But town officials are worried enough about the prospect of hydraulic fracturing that they've voted to draft a sweeping moratorium on all gas-related activity in the town.
At a town meeting on April 10, YNN reports, the town board unanimously passed a resolution to place a one-year moratorium on the exploration, extraction, disposal and storage of natural gas.
The law itself has not yet been drafted. But in a resolution (embedded below), the town board calls for a local law to be drafted that will place a moratorium not only on hydraulic fracturing, but also on "the transportation of any by-product of hydro-fracking on any roads that traverse the Town of Olive."
Route 28, a state highway that is one of the major transportation arteries in the region, runs through the town of Olive.