http://www.alternet.org/environment/big-victory-new-yorks-top-court-rules-towns-have-right-ban-fracking

http://www.alternet.org/environment/big-victory-new-yorks-top-court-rules-towns-have-right-ban-fracking

The ruling by the court, which passed 5-2, cemented the power of a principle known as known as municipal home rule, which grants villages and towns in the state the right to manage their own affairs and restricts state legislation from intruding into local governance. In the case of Dryden and Middlefield, the towns sought to keep away industries that they decided posed a threat to their local resources. 

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