The vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes make money producing fine Rieslings and luring tourists to sip glasses of white at lakeside wineries. Now the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development boom — one of muddy well sites and rumbling trucks — is worrying winery owners. If shale gas drilling is allowed in this region of postcard-perfect hills and crystal-clear lakes, some grape growers say the results would not only pose an environmental risk, but could also ruin the Finger Lakes’ reputation for pristine beauty.
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