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News: Second Court Victory In One Week To Uphold Local Fracking Ban

For the second time in a week, a court has ruled in favor of a small town’s right to ban industrial gas development, including the controversial gas development technique known as fracking. State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. ruled (PDF) in favor of the Upstate New York town of Middlefield in a lawsuit brought against it by a landowner who leased for gas drilling. The non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice filed a friend-of-the-court brief and presented oral arguments in the case on behalf of Brewery Ommegang, the Village of Cooperstown, Otsego 200, Natural Resources Defense Council, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Riverkeeper and Catskill Mountainkeeper. Earlier this week, a judge ruled against a lawsuit brought by a billionaire-owned oil and gas company against the town of Dryden, New York, challenging a similar measure approved by the town. The following...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2012/second-court-vict...

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