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Auburn City Council asks state to ban fracking ‘loophole’

The Auburn City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend New York’s fracking ban to a new “loophole” method already permitted for use in Tioga County.

In 2015, Cuomo directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which is a method to extract natural gas and oil from underground by injecting fluids, typically water and a chemical mixture, at high pressure.

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