Two conservation groups are suing the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) for allowing natural gas development in the watershed prior to a moratorium instituted last year. The plaintiffs have asked the court to have the drilled wells removed, “and the sites cleaned up and restored to natural conditions.”
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Canada’s Stoney First Nation chiefs threatened Tuesday to stop renewing leases for oil and gas companies that operate on their lands unless a Canadian agency collects from the companies more than C$10 million (US$6.4 million) they allege their tribes are owed in royalties. The gas-rich fields located on the Stoney lands include Shell Canada’s Jumping Pound field and the Wildcat Hills field of Petro-Canada. Both companies said Tuesday they would pay their share of royalties, but want the government to resolve the issue.