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4:04pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Home Rule

Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders

http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/

The Court of Appeals has decided that town governments in New York can prohibit hydrofracking within their borders, whether or not the state eventually starts issuing permits. As Matt Richmond reports, the decision ends a nearly three-year-long court fight.

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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11:40am

Fri June 27, 2014
Wind Energy

Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes region

Demonstration wind turbine on waterfront in Cleveland, Ohio
Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

The United States is not yet generating a watt of energy from commercial offshore wind. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation. Pennsylvania was among a handful of states working with federal agencies to speed up the process.  As recently as a couple of months ago, construction of a wind farm in Lake Erie, off the Ohio shoreline near Cleveland, looked promising. But now some are sounding the death knell for any wind development in the Great Lakes.

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