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Court Of Appeals: New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

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June 30, 2014

On June 30, Bloomberg reported that New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to uphold a six-year-old statewide moratorium.

On June 30, the Court of Appeals in Albany upheld rulings dismissing lawsuits that challenged bans enacted in the upstate towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

The ruling might lead the oil and gas industry to abandon fracking in New York as Cuomo considers whether to lift a statewide ...

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