Groups file lawsuit against DRBC
Marian Schweighofer, executive director of the Northern Wayne Property Owner’s Association, said her group is mystified by the lawsuit. She said, “There may be disagreement over whether natural gas development will protect and enhance our area, but it would seem apparent that a lawsuit filed over test wells already drilled and completed, and which do not produce gas is not likely to advance either the natural or human values we all care about.”
Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and Rush Holt are urging the DRBC to suspend the current natural gas development rulemaking process following the release of new information from House investigators about the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluid.
A investigation conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee found that drilling companies injected 32.2 million gallons of fracking fluids with diesel fuel into the ground in 19 states between 2005 and 2009. According to Congresswoman Diana DeGette, in so doing, the companies ignored federal regulations regarding diesel fuel.
“We already know there are significant risks when millions of gallons of water mixed with a small percentage of toxic fracking liquid are injected into the ground in the hydraulic fracking process,” Hinchey said. “New evidence now suggests that in some cases, frack wells are substantially more dangerous because they are using diesel fuel, which contains chemicals known to cause cancer, brain damage, kidney damage and more.”