Monday, April 18, 2011

Natural Gas Industry Pushes Back Against AG Eric Schneiderman's Hydrofracking Lawsuit Threat

State AG Eric Schneiderman announced earlier today that he plans to sue the federal government if it doesn't commit within 30 days to conducting a full-scale review of regulations that would allow hydrofracking in the Delaware River Basin.
Now, the industry is pushing back.
Schneiderman made the ultimatum in a letter to agencies that decide policy for the federal government as a member of the Delaware River Basin Commission.
The DRBC is led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and associated agencies include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Parks Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“In a just-released statement, The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York said “There appears to be a fundamental misunderstanding as to the composition of the DRBC and its responsibilities under federal and state law. The Governor of New York is one of five DRBC commissioners, along with the Governors of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and a single officer of the Army Corps of Engineers..”…

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