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December 4, 2013

Fracking firm threatens to sue over delay

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The state Court of Appeals — New York’s highest tribunal — is expected to take up the home rule issue in the coming year. The gas industry contends that the towns have exceeded their authority, insisting that only the state Department of Environmental Conservation should regulate drilling activities.

The gas industry argues hydraulic fracturing for shale gas is being done safely in Pennsylvania, Ohio and several other states. Opponents of the technique maintain the technique poses unacceptable environmental risks such as contamination of ground water.

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