A New York appellate division has upheld a trial court’s determination sustaining a local zoning ordinance that effectively banned oil-and-gas exploration and production. In re Norse Energy Corp. USA v. Dryden, No. 515227 (N.Y. App. Div. 5/2/13). The Town of Dryden enacted the zoning provision in 2011, and plaintiffs sued, asserting that the state’s Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law preempted the local regulation. The state statute provides that it “shall supersede all local laws or ordinances relating to the regulation of the oil, gas and solution mining industries.” Finding that the zoning regulation did not “regulate the details or procedure of the oil, gas and solution mining industries,” but simply established “permissible and prohibited uses of land within the Town,” the court upheld the zoning provision.