URGENT: Just Days to Comment on Gas Drilling Regulations for Delaware River Basin
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URGENT: Just Days to Comment on Gas Drilling Regulations for Delaware River Basin

    1. Petition by

      Delaware Riverkeeper Network

UPDATE:

This petition has been closed so we can print and physically deliver the signatures by the deadline at 5PM, Friday, April 15th.

You can still comment online, until midnight, Friday April 15th, by going to this online webform: http://chn.ge/gurwnR

 

Natural gas drilling, using fracking methods, could soon come to the Delaware River Watershed, where millions of people live in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. 

Despite a storm of protest the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) prematurely issued draft natural gas development regulations for the Delaware River Watershed on Dec. 9, 2010. They were asked to wait until a cumulative impact analysis of natural gas development on the Basin’s water resources to be completed. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying hydraulic fracturing, the stimulation process that is used to access shale gas; the study of the potential impacts on drinking water, public health and the environment is due out in 2012. Further, New York State is reexamining its high volume hydraulic fracturing environmental study and has a ban in place through July 1, 2011. These scientific studies need to be done to inform DRBC regulations to prevent pollution and avoid degradation from gas development. Instead, the DRBC has fast tracked the process. 

What’s Up Now: It’s clear the DRBC has jumped the gun because the draft regulations do not address cumulative impacts, do not set limits on gas development, do not institute high enough standards to protect streams and communities and rely heavily on flawed state regulations that are filled with exemptions and loopholes. The mandate of the DRBC is to prevent degradation of the exceptional water quality of the Delaware River but these proposed gas rules do not make drilling safe, will allow water resources to be depleted, water quality and ecosystems to degrade, and do not protect the water supply for 15 million people. 
  
To learn about what’s happening with current gas development in Pennsylvania and elsewhere a MUST READ is the New York Times series: 
Part 1: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/27gas.html?_r=1&hp
Part 2: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/us/02gas.html?_r=2&hp\">
Part 3: http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/notice_naturalgas-draftregs.htm

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    1. This petition has been closed so we can print and physically deliver the signatures by the deadline at 5PM, Friday, April 15th.

      You can still comment online, until midnight, Friday April 15th, by going to this online webform:

    2. Just delivered the petition signatures to Delaware Riverkeeper's office. They will be printing them and bringing them over to the DRBC office before tomorrow's comment deadline.

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    9. Reached 750 signatures
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    11. Reached 500 signatures
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    13. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barclay Simmons HAMILTON, BERMUDA
      • over 3 years ago

      We must protect the water we drink and the earth we live in.

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    • Guy P. Murdock JEFFERSON, ME
      • over 3 years ago

      We can't live without water. We can live without fuel. Please wake up smart one day. It would benefit the whole world. Smart is better than rich. Really ! It is.

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    • Gerry High CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Should we not really explore alternative methods for energy.

      Why destroy our planet.

      Thank you,

      Gerry High

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    • Ian Perrin KNYSNA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please respect the issues raised by Delaware Riverkeepr Network

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    • Heidi Narhila-Zolorycki LONDON, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop!!!

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