New York towns consider bans on fracking

Lawsuits Predicted as New York Towns Ponder Whether to Block Fracking
by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica, July 8, 2011, 9 a.m.

New York environmental officials have released a blueprint for regulations that eventually would allow hydraulic fracturing to begin in most parts of the state—except for key watersheds and aquifers and on state land.

Drilling is still months away at the earliest, but talk has already begun about legal challenges from energy companies and landowners in the areas where high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would be prohibited.

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