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Court says towns can ban fracking

Decision upholds Dryden zoning ordinance

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A court decision Thursday upholds the right of New York towns to ban heavy industry operations including the controversial natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court for the 3rd Judicial Department unanimously rejected an appeal by Norse Energy Corp. that filed suit to fight the central New York town of Dryden’s zoning ordinance, which bans any action related to natural gas and petroleum storage or exploration. ...

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