Top NY Court Set To Shine Spotlight On Local Fracking Bans

By Pete Brush (May 29, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT) -- Gas drilling advocates will attack a string of lower-court defeats Tuesday by arguing to New York's highest court that a crucial precedent used to uphold local hydraulic fracturing bans has been misapplied — a strategy that marks their last chance to stop a growing patchwork of opposition from taking root across the state.

Scores of localities across New York have enacted bans and temporary blocks on gas drilling, as an epic political and legal battle over whether the industry is good for the state as a whole unfolds. The towns of Dryden and Middlefield will see their bans serve as guinea...

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