The Associated Press reported this morning that:

New York’s top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The state Court of Appeals…affirmed a lower court ruling that state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

The A.P. notes that, according to drilling opponents, more than 170 towns in New York State have passed bans or moratoriums on activities related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The effort by local communities to restrict fracking has grown as New York State continues to weigh whether to permit the practice.