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GAS DRILLING-NY BAN
Gas-drilling interests decry NY inaction in 6th year without fracking; opponents want ban
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:20 AM EST
As another year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York and no timetable for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to lift it, drilling interests have all but given up on the state for the near future.
Industry and landowners hoping to profit from leases are suing in state courts over town bans and the state's stalled regulations.
But many landowners want Cuomo to ban fracking. Organic dairy farmer Kathie Arnold says the risks of pollution and increased truck traffic outweigh any short-term financial gains.