In Huge Defeat for Oil and Gas Industry, Court Rules New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

Village Voice: Huge news this morning for shale-gas drilling skeptics: the highest court in New York state ruled that towns have the authority to ban oil and gas companies from operating within city limits. Deborah Goldberg, the lawyer who argued on behalf of the town of Dryden, New York, tells the Voice, will have a "huge impact here in New York state and may very well influence similar efforts around the country." In 2011, residents of Dryden passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting oil and gas drilling; Six......

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