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Monday, June 30, 2014

Court Rules That Towns Can Ban Fracking

"In a precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders.

“Today the Court stood with the people of Dryden and the people of New York to protect their right to self determination. It is clear that people, not corporations, have the right to decide how their community develops,” said Dryden Deputy Supervisor Jason Leifer. “This would not have been possible without the hard work of many of my friends and neighbors and our lawyers Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice and Mahlon Perkins. Today’s ruling shows all of America that a committed group of citizens and public officials can stand together against fearful odds and successfully defend their homes, their way of life and the environment against those who would harm them all in the name of profit.”"

http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/30/new-york-towns-ban-fracking/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=fd167ba96c-Top_News_6_28_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-fd167ba96c-85324437