Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?
The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.
The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C. On November 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will be voting on regulations that will govern the development of natural gas in the Basin.
The DRBC released a draft of their final regulations last week. Unfortunately, DRBC never listened to our plea to conduct a study to gain an understanding of the collective impact that this gas rush would have on landowners, communities, water users, rivers, and the broader environment. What sense does it make to approve regulations before you see the science? In fact, they actually weakened some of their previously proposed regulations. Our partners, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, outline some of the greatest concerns here [pdf]. When the drinking water for millions of people is at stake, this is not a matter to be taken lightly and without the utmost caution.
Needless to say, a diversity of groups from the medical community to labor groups, local businesses to faith communities, and students to conservation organizations are expressing their concern in droves- through emails, letters, phone calls, and both virtual and in-person rallies. The DRBC received tens of thousands of comment letters on their draft regulations. Actually, it was 69,800 comment letters. Record breaking. Seriously. Thousands of people have asked them to slow down and take the time to do the science. The protests continue as the public fights for their health and right to clean water and air.
What can you do? Well, if you live near New Jersey, you can go to the meeting and rally beforehand.
Date: November 21
What: Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting
Meeting time: 10 am to 12 pm
Rally time: 7:30 am
Where: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J.
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