NY attorney general suing feds over gas drilling

By MARY ESCH | May 31, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general is suing the federal government to compel a full environmental review of proposed regulations for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.

Eric Schneiderman says in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday the welfare of those living in the basin and of millions of New Yorkers who rely on its drinking water must be thoroughly weighed.

He says the Delaware River Basin Commission with approval of federal agencies proposed regulations without doing a full review as required by law.

Gas is being extracted in the Marcellus Shale region underlying southern New York, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia with a process called hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water laced with chemicals and sand into the ground.

A commission spokeswoman says the commission hasn't read the complaint and has no immediate comment.