Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NY Attorney General Sues Feds Over Fracking for Natural Gas

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit alleging that the federal government failed to perform required environmental reviews of proposed natural gas drilling regulations.  The lawsuit alleges that the federal government must conduct further studies of the potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Delaware River Basin.

Fracking is a process of injecting water, chemicals and sand into a well bore at high pressure to release natural gas by fracturing the surrounding shale.   The specific chemicals used in the process have not been fully disclosed by the natural gas industry, raising questions about potential harms to the environment and human health.

Regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission would allow 15,000 to 18,000 gas wells to be drilled within the river basin without the full environmental review usually required by law..

John Howley
Woodbridge, New Jersey

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