A bridge out of Dryden, N.Y. Frackers are welcome to take it.
Russ NelsonA bridge leading out of Dryden, N.Y. Frackers are welcome to use it.

A small New York town prevailed Thursday in a court battle against the energy industry, which wants to frack the ground beneath the townsfolk’s feet despite a local law that forbids the practice.

A moratorium is in place on fracking in New York, but Dryden and dozens of other municipalities around the state have passed local ordinances banning the practice in case the state prohibition is lifted. Drillers argued in court that the town’s fracking ban violated state law (a law unrelated to the moratorium), and that they should be allowed to drill for gas there despite the locals’ wishes.