IntermissionTime to catch our breath and get some popcorn before Act II.

According to the Ithaca Journal, Judge Phillip Rumsey found that a clause in the New York oil and gas law does not prohibit municipalities from banning gas drilling or using zoning laws to prohibit it.

Thomas West, attorney for Denver-based Anschutz Corp., which has sued the town over it's ban, said his client will decide on whether to appeal within 30 days.

"It's a legal decision that should be wide open in the appellate courts, and we still remain confident in our positions," West said in a phone interview. "We certainly believe that if this case goes up to the Appellate Division, that the appellate courts will, we think, find some of the legal arguments we've put forth to be persuasive."

I hope the line isn't too long at the concession stand.  Or at the exit.

Text of the decision (pdf)