ALBANY, N.Y. - A unanimous panel of the Third Department New York Supreme Court Appellate Division issued an opinion May 2 affirming the authority of local municipalities to adopt zoning regulations that prohibit natural gas and petroleum exploration, production and storage; state regulation of the conduct of the natural gas and petroleum industry does not preempt municipal home rule authority to regulate land use, according to the panel (In the Matter of Norse Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden, et al., No. 515227, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 3rd Dept.; 2013 NY Slip Op 03145; 2013 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 3078).