Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Fracturing Suit

On May 31, 2011, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will sue the federal government in federal district court today for "its failure to commit to a full environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling – including the potentially harmful 'fracking' technique – in the Delaware River Basin."  Schneiderman claims that the federal government is required to conduct a NEPA review of the Delaware River Basin Commission's proposed regulations for natural gas development.  The Delaware River Basin Commission is a regional commission that was approved by the federal government in 1961.  Its members include the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and a Corps division engineer.  Thanks to Joel Kupferman for alerting me to this.

-Hannah Wiseman


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