Pennsylvania Says New York Full of Hot Air on Gas Drilling

Friday, Aug 6, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Pennsylvania Says New York Full of Hot Air on Gas Drilling

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In this March 5, 2010 photo the west branch of the Lackawaxen River in Pleasant Mount, Pa., is shown. Stone Energy Corp. wants to withdraw water from the creek as part of its plan to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus shale formation in the Delaware River watershed.

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Pennsylvania's top-ranking environmental official suggests New York could stop buying natural gas produced in the Keystone State if its legislators are so concerned about the environmental consequences.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger fired back Thursday at criticism from Pennsylvania's northern neighbor over regulation of drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

New York lawmakers held Pennsylvania up as an example of what not to do during discussion of a bill that on Tuesday imposed a nine-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Known as "fracking," the drilling practice has drawn criticism for endangering water supplies.

Hanger says New York is riding a moral "high horse" while consuming Pennsylvania gas. He says Pennsylvania has strengthened enforcement standards and hired more staff to monitor drilling activity.
 

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