Natural gas drillers are chomping at the bit to start shale drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Basin but all of your voices did an amazing thing and helped cancel the November 21, 2011 vote where we anticipated the weak regulations to be approved and toxic drilling to start! Governor Markell (DE) helped put the brakes on this vote by stating he would vote no on the regulations (thank you Gov Markell!).
The current moratorium that has been in place for two plus years continues in the Delaware River Basin, but we need to keep the letters and pressure on the 5 DRBC voting members as we do not know when this vote will be rescheduled.
Please sign this petition now to convince a majority of the voting members to vote “NO” for the gas rules, and “NO” to lifting the drilling moratorium (we just need 3 of the 5 votes to prevent drilling and thanks to DE Gov. Markell, we now have 2—let’s get one more “no” vote, we can do this!)
Some more background:
We need to keep drilling out of the Delaware River Basin which is home to the largest stretch of special protection waters in the nation and the source of drinking water for 15 million people including New York City and Philadelphia (5% of the US population).
So, please take a moment to send a letter to the DRBC voting members asking them not to allow gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Basin and to instead commence the comprehensive environmental analysis needed to forever prevent the drilling interests and big energy corporations from invading our Watershed for gas. To vote "yes" on weak regulations without this science and studies is putting our health, our water and our environment at risk.
Over the past two plus years, more science is coming out that seriously questions the ability to frack shale without irreparable harm being done to our freshwater supplies and the health of our communities. Fracking and the Delaware River do not mix. We can live without gas but we cannot live without water. Please take action now by signing this petition which will be delivered to each of the 5 voting members of the Commision (NY, NJ, DE, and PA Governors get a vote and one federal representative from the Army Corps).
- Governor Christie
- President of the United States
- Delaware Governor
We urge you to protect the water supply of over 15 million people and to not vote for weak gas drilling regulations being considered by the DRBC.
Instead commence the comprehensive environmental analysis needed to forever prevent the drilling interests and big energy corporations from invading our Watershed for gas. To vote "yes" on weak regulations without this science and studies is putting our health, our water and our environment at risk.
To consider drilling before this needed science and cumulative impact is conducted and before federal studies are completed, and loopholes to the industry are closed, is putting our health, our water, our air and our land at risk.
Furthermore, government investigations, academic studies and investigative reporting over the past two plus years have raised serious concerns about the economic viability of shale gas drilling and the public health and environmental impacts of slickwater hydraulic fracturing in shale.
This science provides evidence for why voting for these weak regulations would place the residents of the Delaware River Basin at risk and cause potential irreparable harm.
We can live without gas, but we cannot live without water.
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