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).
Delaware Riverkeeper Network started this petition with a single signature, and now has 4,774 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.