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N.Y. ‘fracking’ case tests home rule law

Appeals panel hears challenge by gas industry

ALBANY, N.Y. — Backers of natural gas drilling and environmental advocates wrangled Thursday over whether New York’s towns have the legal right to ban oil and gas development in a fight that could ultimately be decided by the state’s highest court.

A four-judge appellate panel heard arguments over the local bans in Dryden and Middlefield, two central New York towns among dozens in the state that have passed zoning laws prohibiting drilling. Opponents say state rules supersede such local restrictions.

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