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Seven States Want to Sue for Fracking-Related Air Quality

Dec 14, 2012
(Washington Times)

As many states reap the benefits of fracking, others increasingly are lining up against it.

Led by New York, seven Atlantic states this week threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking harsher air quality rules on the oil and gas industry and its most effective drilling method.

For all of its virtues, which include setting the U.S. on a path toward energy independence, fracking continues to meet stiff resistance, particularly as it moves north from Pennsylvania.

“Regulators have failed to require the industry to use available and cost-effective measures to control” emissions from drilling sites, wrote New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the leader of the seven-state coalition that also includes Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.