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New York State sues U.S. govt over gas drilling

Source:  Copyright 2011, Reuters
Date:  May 31, 2011
Original URL: Status ONLINE

New York State sued the U.S. government on Tuesday to demand a ban on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin until an environmental impact study has been conducted to protect New York City's water supply.

The Delaware River Basin Commission has proposed rules that would allow up to 18,000 gas wells within the basin -- which sits in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and includes parts of New York City's watershed.

Its proposals include allowing horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- a controversial drilling technique that involves blasting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into deep shale rock to free the gas trapped inside.

But in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said those regulations should not even be considered until the environmental impact of the drilling has been studied.

"Before any decisions on ...

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