Hydrofracking foes win in Dryden and Middlefield: New York appellate court rules towns can ban drilling
A New York state appeals court ruled today that towns can ban gas drilling, including hydrofracking, within their borders.
In two related decisions, the Third Appellate Division in Albany ruled that the Tompkins County town of Dryden and the Otsego County town of Middlefield had the right to ban drilling when they enacted their ordinances in 2011. The rulings upheld decisions by lower courts, and rejected arguments by drillers and landowners that only the state could say where gas drilling can take place.
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