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August 30, 2013

Home-rule decision will be welcome

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It may well be that the appeal will give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation still more time to delay a decision on whether to permit horizontal hydrofracking in the state.

After the May appeals court ruling, we opined that if the DEC winds up approving fracking in some parts of the state — we are still curious about why the process is banned in the New York City watershed area but up for grabs elsewhere — that “it’s essential that individual communities have the ability to protect themselves from the potential negative impacts of this process.”

While we support the rights of local citizens to have a say in their own futures and we worry about the expense involved with Middlefield going through this litigation, Huntington and others certainly have the right to pursue the case, and the fate of home rule is right where it belongs.

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