Schneiderman to Sue Feds Over Fracking

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that he will file a lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to conduct a full environmental review of a proposal that would permit the “hydrofracking” of natural gas in the Delaware River Basin.

“Before any decisions on drilling are made, it is our responsibility to follow the facts and understand the public health and safety effects posed by potential natural gas development,” Schneiderman said. “The federal government has an obligation to undertake the necessary studies, and as I made clear last month, this office will compel it to do so. The welfare of those living near the Delaware River Basin, as well as the millions of New Yorkers who rely on its pure drinking water each day, will not be ignored.”

According to Schneiderman’s office, federal law requires federal agencies to conduct a full review of anything that may cause significant environmental impacts, but that the Delaware River Basin Commission greenlighted natural gas drilling without undertaking a review.

Last month, a blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas drilling site caused chemical-laced water to spill into a nearby stream.