City councils and local activists have stymied shale gas mining in New York, and could prove an example for others to follow. By Richard Schiffman Source:¬†http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/13/fracking-new-york-grassroots-campaign-to-stop Accounts of flammable tap water and sudden sickness in rural Pennsylvania have spurred questions as to the safety of shale gas mining. Photograph: Jim…