Delaware River Basin Commission Holds Fracking Hearing

By Ed Rodgers

Draft regulations for natural gas drilling, also known as fracking, were under scrutiny during the Delaware River Basin Commission’s hearing.  DRBC officials say the regulations prohibit activity on wetlands or other environmentally sensitive areas.

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7 Responses to Delaware River Basin Commission Holds Fracking Hearing

  1. Tom says:

    One thing missing from your otherwise excellent story, and little understood in New Jersey, is the fact that the Christie Administration is fast-tracking natural gas production, pushing behind the scenes to allow drilling to go forward without a cumulative impact study. This “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach, in which rules governing the drilling process have been drafted without any real understanding of the possible effects on the millions of people downstream, will almost certainly result in compromising our water quality, perhaps catastrophically.

    Not only did the Governor’s delegate to DRBC urge the agency to publish its regulations before any cumulative impact study could be completed, he also expressed NJ’s support for letting PA’s rules take primacy over DRBC rules. That makes no sense, since the very purpose of this multi-state agency is to make sure that all states with an interest in the health of the Delaware River have a say in its management. If we let individual state rules trump those of the collective body, then DRBC has no purpose. Moreover, Pennsylvania’s disastrous management of this industry so far (google “Dimock, PA”) shows that its rules will not protect New Jersey drinking water.

    New Jerseyans need to understand that the chemicals used in this drilling process, and which will almost certainly find their way into the river, are potent carcinogens, for many of which there is no removal process and which are unsafe at any level. Our Governor controls one of five votes over this process at DRBC — and a swing vote at that, given that Delaware and New York are likely to vote in favor of a cumulative impact study.

    Please tell Gov. Christie to put our interest in clean water ahead of the interests of gas producers.

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      I urge all citizens to get involved. We should be investing, like the Chinese, into Solar and Wind instead of damaging our environment beyond repair to extract the gas from the ground. I strongly recommend watching “Gasland” and looking at the research on how dangerous this process is. We should have public hearings.

  2. Robert says:

    I agree with Tom’s comment. To proceed with the drilling without an impact statement puts New Jersey in line with Pennsylvania’s badly thought out approach. Both states seem to want all approvals rushed through.

  3. Bill Wolfe says:

    I agree with TOm.

    I would add that NJ and the northeast have suffered increasingly severe drought (and water use restrictions), which will onyl get more frequent and severre as global warming worsens.

    Fracking usees BILLIONS of gallons of Delware riiver watershed water – how will all that water consumption impact current drinking water, industry, agricultural users and the fisheries and ecological functions that rely on clean and abundant water?

    • Noelle Tarabulski says:

      Get informed and know the facts. Fracing has been going on since 1949. There is no need for further study, just excellent implementation of the current rules and excellent operational practices by the companies and regulators involved. Do your research.

      • Ruth Lachman Sueker says:

        Many things have been going on since the 1940s, and their impact on cancer rates are only now beginning to be understood. I refer you to “Living Downstream” by Sandra Steingraber.
        Tragically, our ecosystem and civilization have been used as “guinea pigs” for industrial profit.
        A long-term experiment in which we are all the experimental animals.
        All of us. Wake up.
        This is not just about fracking. It is about protecting the common environmental resources that have not yet been poisoned.
        Human culture has survived without the technology that has made us dependent on environmental destruction as a lifestyle.
        Past a certain threshold, toxins in our water, soil, and air will destroy human civilization.
        We have to stop pretending that we can manage the unmanageable, and return to respecting, appreciating, and safeguarding the sources of our life and health.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Want to comment on this matter? You have until april 15th…If you drink water in PA/NJ/NY/DE please consider leaving a comment to continue a moratorium on drilling.

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