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NY village loses case over fracking water sales

PAINTED POST, N.Y. — An upstate New York village has lost a court challenge of its water sales to a Shell Oil Co. subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Environmental groups and several individuals sued after the Steuben (stoo-BEHN’) County village of Painted Post signed a contract in 2012 with Shell subsidiary SWEPI LP. The five-year contract called for up to a million gallons of water shipped daily by rail to drilling sites for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The Sierra Club and People for a Healthy Environment claimed village officials failed to do a state-mandated environmental impact review.

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division on New Year’s Eve upheld a lower court ruling voiding the water sale agreement.

Painted Post Deputy Mayor Richard Thorne tells the Elmira Star-Gazette officials haven’t decided whether to pursue a new contract.

In related news, Florida commissioners unanimously agree on fracking ban.

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