Hinchey Calls for Suspension of Natural Gas Rule Making Process


Congressman Maurice Hinchey today urged the Delaware River Basin Commission to suspend its current natural gas development rule making process, following new information about the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluid.
Hinchey said that the new regulations issued in December fail to account for the potential risks posed by diesel fuel in fracking fluid.
He called for the suspension of the current rule making process to consider this new information and then offer a new public comment period on the revised rules.
Congressman Rush Holt added that drilling companies have not been forthcoming about the chemicals they used in the fracking process.
Holt said fracking simply should not be allow to proceed until we have the data and good science needed to protect the health and environment for the 7.7 million people who make their home in the Delaware River watershed.

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