Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State

Movements Against HVHF

Many communities in New York state have banded together to limit or delay unconventional natural gas drilling or related operations in their municipalities. The right for a municipality to choose to ban drilling was recently upheld in a 5-2 decision by New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. The decision, which came down on June 30, 2014, can be read here. James “Chip” Northrup also provided a short history of the hydrofracking bans movement in New York State since 2011, as well as his recent analysis of why Governor Cuomo and his Commissioners of Environmental Conservation and Health announced on December 17, 2014 that high volume hydraulic fracturing would not be allowed in New York State.

For a link to our post and the video announcement at Cuomo’s Cabinet meeting on December 17, click here.

Below is a map and list of areas where gas drilling bans and moratoria have been enacted. Note that some of these moratoria may have been extended, while others have expired.  All bans shown on this map, however, are still in place. This map is updated regularly by our New York affiliate, Karen Edelstein. Click on the images to zoom in or print them. If any of the maps look incorrect, please contact Karen: Archived maps can be found at the bottom of this page.

For an interactive version of this same map, click here.

Municipal movements against hydrofracking. Updated 1/7/2016.

Municipal movements against hydrofracking. Updated 1/7/2016.

Summary of movements against hydraulic fracturing. Updated 1/7/2016.

Summary of movements against hydraulic fracturing. Updated 1/7/2016.


Municipal total: 89 bans, 98 moratoria (mostly current, although some may have expired), and at least 89 movements for prohibitions (bans or moratoria)

A spreadsheet of ban, moratoria, and movements, current as of January 7, 2016, can be downloaded here.

Archived Ban Maps

2016: January 7

2015: September 24

2014: December 30October 9September 30July 8 | June 13March 26March 11February 13

2013:  December 20 |  December 12November 22October 8September 6 Aug 1Jul 2 | Jun 20 | May 20May 1Apr 9 | Mar 16 | Feb 25 | Feb 12 | Jan 24 | Jan 16

2012: Dec 27Dec 20Nov 20Nov 8 | Oct | Sept | Aug 29Aug 14Jul 26Jul 13Jun 29Jun 14 | May 28May 20 | May 8 | Apr 27 | Apr 16 | Mar 29 | Mar 14 | Feb 29 | Feb 16 | Jan

2011: Dec 29 | Dec 15 | Nov 28 | Nov 16 | Oct 31 | Oct 16 | Sept 15 | Aug 30 | Aug 15

Movements Supporting HVHF

Recently, numerous municipalities in New York State started passing resolutions indicating that they are open to high volume hydraulic fracturing. Here’s the most recent map, below, showing the towns over the Marcellus and Utica shale formations that have taken this step.

Municipal anti-ban movements