As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom

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September 5, 2012

New York State is poised to issue its final plans for regulating hydrofracking. But even with a decision imminent, there’s no guarantee this controversy will die down.

“We’re going to scrutinize them with the fine-tooth comb, and then we’re going to decide on next steps," says Eric Goldstein, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

As of now, it is too soon to say if his group will file a lawsuit, Goldstein says, since no one has seen the DEC’s final plans.

“Good lawyers do everything they can to avoid litigation in the first place," he says.

But he’s still prepared for a courtroom fight, adding that any potential lawsuits will likely center on a 1978 statute known as the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

 

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