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June 13, 2013

Drillers appeal frack-ban ruling

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Clinton said that even though the appellate court’s ruling in favor of home rule was unanimous, he believes the Court of Appeals will end up deciding to hear the case since it involves a matter of important state policy.

“It only takes two of the seven justices to grant the leave,” he said. “I think the court will hear it.

The legal expenses for Middlefield have been significant, but have been defrayed by donations to the town generated by a fundraising campaigned coordinated by the pro-home rule group Middlefield Neighbors.

Middlefield Town Supervisor Dave Bliss estimated that Middlefield Neighbors have raised $100,000 so far to implement and defend the frack ban.

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