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Using Zoning Regs to Ban Fracking
Tue Jun 17, 2014 08:03 AM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- The fate of two fracking lawsuits before New York's highest court hinges on legislation passed in 1981, an era of advances in gas-exploration technology that has parallels to today.

The New York Court of Appeals is weighing whether towns can use zoning regulations to ban high-volume, hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking. Its decision will have ramifications for energy companies and the more than 170 towns and cities that have passed moratoriums or bans on fracking.

Gas drillers have been under a de facto moratorium on fracking in New York state since 2008, when the state Department ...

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