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Judge: New York town can ban fracking

By Bob Downing Published: February 23, 2012

A central New York town can block natural-gas drilling after a state judge upheld the town of Dryden's ban on hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

"I think you'd call this a pretty substantial victory," said Mahlon Perkins, the attorney for Dryden.

The judicial win was the first test of local laws against fracking in New York. The verdict came, despite a state regulation asserting New York towns cannot block fracking.

That has led some to say that the decision may have national impacts.

The case involved Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. and Dryden, a town near Ithaca.

Last August, Dryden's town board passed a zoning law that prohibited natural gas drilling within the town limits.

New York has a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or fracking, although it may be lifted this year.

To date about 20 New York towns have adopted laws to ban such drilling



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