A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Sullivan County, New York in the case of Weiden Lake Prop. Owners Assn., Inc. v. Klansky was adverse to the oil and gas industry. The August 18 decision dealt with the effect of restrictive covenants on an oil and gas lease taken after the covenants had been put in place. The restrictive covenants stated that any “commercial uses” were banned from the subdivision, but did not explicitly mention oil and gas development. The court found this language to be sufficient to practically invalidate the oil and gas lease and issue a permanent injunction against oil and gas development by the lessee. It is unknown at this time whether the decision will be appealed.