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New York Sues U.S. Over Delaware River Basin Fracking

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court alleging the federal government has not properly studied how fracking in the Delaware River Basin would affect the nearly 9 million New Yorkers who rely on the basin for drinking water.

The lawsuit says the Delaware River Basin Commission has an application from XTO Energy Inc., part of the Exxon Mobile Corporation, pending for exploration of Marcellus Shale, and has proposed regulations that will allow fracking at 15,000 to 18,000 gas wells in the area, without producing a full environmental impact review and health and safety assessment as required per the National Environmental Policy Act.

The lawsuit names Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson, as well as the EPA itself, the secretary of the Interior Dept Kenneth Salazar, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The lawsuit seeks to halt the regulations allowing fracking in the Basin until the Delaware River Basin Commission produces a full review of all the safety and health risks associated with the natural gas drilling procedures, and the impact it would have on the environment. disclaimer: This article: New York Sues U.S. Over Delaware River Basin Fracking was posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 7:38 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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