Stop Natural Gas Development in the Susquehanna River Basin
Energy companies want you to believe that the natural gas drilling process called “fracking” is safe. Yet on the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, another industry disaster is contaminating streams and threatening water supplies in Pennsylvania.
A natural gas well blew out during fracking operations, sending thousands of gallons of toxic fluid — containing hazardous chemicals, some potentially cancer-causing — over fields and into Towanda Creek, which feeds the Susquehanna River and supplies water for millions of people in the area.
Take action today: Tell the Commission to put a complete moratorium on fracking until we can better protect our clean water.
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Paul O. Swartz
- Governor, Pennsylvania
- Governor, New York
Andrew M. Cuomo
- Maryland Governor
As a supporter of American Rivers, I am writing to request your support for a complete moratorium on all water withdrawals and the use of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction in the Susquehanna River's watershed until regulations are implemented and enforced that will protect the health of the river and the people who use it.
While Pennsylvania and New York have been working to improve regulations for natural gas development, they fall short of providing adequate protection of the water supply for millions of Americans. It is your responsibility to analyze all of the potential cumulative impacts that could result from excessive water withdrawals, poor well management and execution, inadequate wastewater treatment and disposal, and other issues associated with natural gas extraction. You must follow the lead of the Delaware River Basin Commission and ensure proper regulations for both water quality and quantity are in place and capable of being enforced before drilling is allowed to continue.
The development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale may be important for our energy future and that of the local communities in the region. However, that development must occur in a way that does not compromise the quality of our clean water. Until protective legislation is implemented and capable of being enforced, your support for a complete moratorium is urgently needed to ensure the protection of many major drinking and recreational water resources before further damage is done.
Amidst the rush to develop this resource, please stop and take responsibility to protect the Susquehanna River Basin from the potentially harmful impacts of natural gas development.
Thank you for considering my request.
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