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U.S. Government Granted Permission To Advocate For Frack Lawsuit Dismissal

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The U.S. government has garnered U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis’ permission to move for the dismissal of a New York lawsuit that seeks fuller regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  Part of the concern is that the lawsuit could shut down Marcellus Shale natural gas fracking for years, and pits arguments for environmental conservation against those for new jobs and domestic energy sources, Bloomberg has reported.

This decision comes after New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman sued 10 federal agencies, including the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying the Delaware River Basin Commission proposed regulation that will allow fracking at 15,000 to 18,000 gas wells, without an environmental review. Over 9 million New York residents are supplied drinking water by the Delaware River Basin.

According to Schneiderman’s lawsuit, the Delaware River Basin Commission has a pending application from Exxon Mobile Corp., unit XTO Energy Inc., to explore the area, but has refused to produce a full environmental impact assessment.

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: U.S. Government Granted Permission To Advocate For Frack Lawsuit Dismissal was posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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