Federal judge throws out lawsuit to overturn fracking ban at Delaware River, The suit was filed a month before the Delaware River Basin Commission decided to officially ban fracking by WNEP Web Staff, AP, June 11, 2021, 16WNEP
WAYNE COUNTY, Pa. — In Philadelphia, a federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania to overturn a ban on fracking in the Delaware River basin.
Judge Paul Diamond argued that GOP lawmakers had no legal right to sue.
Senate Republicans, led by Senators Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker, claimed the Delaware River Basin Commission overstepped its authority by banning natural gas development near the river and surrounding areas.
A moratorium on fracking had been in place since 2010. One month before lawmakers filed the suit, the basin commission voted to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed.
Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers sue over Delaware River drilling ban, Two Republicans claim Delaware River Basin Commission overstepped its authority and usurped the Legislature with its moratorium on natural gas development
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