New York fracking lawsuit dismissed

Posted: September 25, 2012

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a New York state lawsuit that sought a full environmental review of hydraulic fracturing in a case that might have held up natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York granted a request by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to throw out the case, finding that the Marcellus Shale development plans are in the early stages and the threat of harm is speculative.

The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman against the Delaware River Basin Commission, a multistate compact that governs water use in the Delaware watershed and has delayed adoption of new drilling regulations.    - Bloomberg News

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