A Denver-based gas industry has filed notice that it plans to appeal a state judge’s ruling that New York’s municipalities can ban gas drilling and hydrofracking within their borders.

Tom West, an Albany-based attorney representing Anschutz Exploration Corp., told Gannett CNY’s Rachel Stern that the company has officially decided to move forward with an appeal in the case that could set a statewide precedent when it comes to towns and cities banning the natural-gas extraction process.

Anschutz sued the Tompkins County town of Dryden last year after the town strengthened its zoning laws to make clear that gas drilling was not allowed within its limits. The company cited a clause in the state’s Environmental Protection law that says the state has regulatory authority over oil and gas drilling, but a state Supreme Court justice ruled last month that towns can still ban the practice outright.

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