Gallery: Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

 
Dryden New York fracking protest

As of 2012, 2.5 million oil and gas wells have been drilled worldwide using the hydraulic fracturing method, and more than 1 million of them are located in the United States. The result of this trend has been devastating to human health and the environment. With natural gas companies pouring millions of dollars into political and PR campaigns, slowing it down has been difficult. But as one tiny town in New York demonstrated, it’s not impossible. Dryden, New York, recently won a court case to prevent the fracking industry from destroying its air and water, an encouraging development for cities and states fighting similar battles.

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  1. ninjustin May 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Fracking is not yet legal in the state of NY. I live here in upstate NY and hear about the fracking debate on NPR all the time. Gov. Cuomo has also stated that if a law does pass that local governments would have the ability to opt out.

    This is good but probably unnecessary considering what has been said about fracking in NY as well as the promises given by the elected officials. The state is split 50/50 on this subject already lying about this would only cut a politicians career short.

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