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New York’s top court will rule on municipal fracking bans.

The state Court of Appeals agreed to take on two cases challenging whether cities, towns and villages can ban natural gas drilling within their borders.

The cases involve the Towns of Dryden in Tompkins County and Middlefield in Otsego County which created zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing. Both the state Supreme Court and the Appellate Division judges ruled with the towns; but plaintiffs say the towns have violated state law.

Large-scale fracking continues to be off-limits in New York as the state reviews its environmental and quality-of-life impacts.

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