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New York Attorney General threatens to sue the DRBC

April 19, 2011

The Attorney General of New York State has pledged to sue the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) for not doing enough to protect the Delaware River basin from the dangers of fracking for natural gas.

New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman (Source: James Rajotte New York Times)

Eric T. Schneiderman, in a release from the New York State Attorney General Media Center website, says the DRBC must “commit to study safety impacts of fracking in the Delaware River Basin in 30 days or I’ll sue.”

Selected excerpts from this article:

“Both the law and common sense dictate that the federal government must fully assess the impact of its actions before opening the door to gas fracking in New York,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.  “New Yorkers are correctly concerned about fracking’s potential dangers to their environment, health and communities, and I will use the full authority of my office, including aggressive legal action, to ensure the federal government is forced to address those concerns.”

In today’s (April 18th)  letter, which builds on comments he submitted to the DRBC last Friday, Schneiderman demands that the Commission immediately comply with its NEPA obligations by suspending its consideration of the proposed regulations and undertaking a full review of all public health and safety risks posed by natural gas development in the Basin.   Schneiderman further called for this review to include, among other elements, an evaluation of the cumulative impacts of widespread fracking within the Basin as well as the alternative of not authorizing natural gas development within the portion of the Basin that includes New York City’s West-of-Hudson watershed.

The New York Public Radio WNYC 93.9 FM News Blog also ran word of this story “Delaware Waters Must Be Protected From Fracking Dangers: AG“.

One Comment
  1. Happy New Yorker permalink
    April 19, 2011 6:22 pm

    Thank you Eric T. Schneiderman. I am proud to have voted for you. Keep up the good fight!

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