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State's high court OKs fracking bans

Local officials praise ‘home-rule’ ruling

Abram Loeb of Afton holds an anti-fracking sign outside President Barack Obama's speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on May 22.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Abram Loeb of Afton holds an anti-fracking sign outside President Barack Obama's speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on May 22.
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Elected officials in Schoharie County were ecstatic about the state Court of Appeals’ ruling Monday morning that gives municipalities the right to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. They say the ruling provides municipalities with “home-rule” and gives them authority to regulate land use. The state’s top court ratified a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use ...


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