Judge rejects NY gas drilling lawsuit against feds

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Associated Press

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 12:01 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's (SHNEYE'-dur-muhnz) lawsuit seeking to force a full environmental review before the Delaware River Basin Commission allows natural gas drilling in a watershed that provides drinking water for millions of New Yorkers.

U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled Monday in favor of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. He said the lawsuit filed last year by Schneiderman was speculative, because the commission hasn't adopted final regulations yet.

A moratorium is in effect in the Delaware River Basin while the commission establishes regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The commission comprises representatives from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the federal government.

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