Delaware River agency advances ban on shale-gas drilling

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday voted to approve a measure that will permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River and its tributaries, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he was pleased to see the DRBC take a step forward after years of study.

In a statement, Maya van Rossum, who leads the Delaware Riverkeepers Network, echoed concerns that the proposed rule would represent a step backwards.

"Your attempt with the adopted fracking resolution to cut the baby in half like Solomon did is well established to end in disaster".

This is a dirty water deal hidden behind a fracking ban.

The resolution approved by the commission says that fracking "presents risks, vulnerabilities and impacts to surface and ground water resources across the country". The commission members didn't tell us they also want to allow the dumping of toxic fracking waste into the DE watershed. The commission has oversight in the basin for water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction, and recreation. We want to ban fracking in the basin and we do not want anyone to dump in the river either. Instead, representatives of the commission's five members - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the federal government - will vote on whether to begin a rule-making process. Since 2011, the DRBC and the signatory parties have undertaken extensive discussion and research efforts related to unconventional shale gas drilling which resulted in the resolution passed today.

We will keep fighting to protect the basin from fracking and fracking waste.

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