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Posted 11/20/11 - The DRBC has Cancelled the 11/21/11 Meeting because NYS and Delaware have indicated that they would vote "No" at this time!!!  This is Great News, but it should now be clear that increasing vigilance will be needed if the EcoSystem that we rely on for our very lives is going to be protected from Industrial Contamination..

Rally with Us Nov. 21 in Trenton!


Delaware’s Gov. Markell and New York’s Gov. Cuomo have stepped off the train;
Now it’s time to punch the tickets of the other voting members of the DRBC!

We need to gather together to make this pause permanent! 
Please Join Us 
Trenton War Memorial
Monday November 21 2011
Rally and March 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

In a stunning victory for the public and for the Delaware River Watershed, the Delaware River Basin Commission cancelled the Nov. 21 meeting where they were planning to vote on opening the Delaware River Watershed to gas drilling and fracking.  Governor Markell of Delaware and Governor Cuomo of New York have both announced they will vote no.  We must redouble our efforts so that at least 3 voting members are committed to protecting our water supplies and communities by preventing the pollution that gas drilling and fracking causes.  The cancellation of this meeting is a huge victory but it is not the end of our struggle to keep drilling and fracking out of the Delaware River Watershed. Governor Chris Christie and President Obama (represented by the Army Corps of Engineers) - voting members of the DRBC - need to hear from us “Don’t Drill the Delaware!” So, please come to Trenton Monday!

Rally and Press Conference: 11:00 am outside Trenton War Memorial 
1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, New Jersey

Speakers: Josh Fox; Mark Ruffalo; Debra Winger; community, environmental, and constituency groups
March from War Memorial to Gov. Christie’s office at the State House and Welcome to Trenton (NJ Legislators): 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Post-gathering at Quaker Friends Meeting House (142 E. Hanover St.): 1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
NONVIOLENCE TRAINING is still being held both in Trenton NJ and New York City on Sunday, November 20. To sign up: CLICK HERE

Logistics, buses, overnight accommodations are still available, to sign up CLICK HERE

Posted October 9, 2011   

The DRBC has Postponed the October 21st, 2011 meeting to November 21st 2011....

It would help if 5000 people or more were able to defend the Delaware River in Trenton on this important day..
If the commission votes to allow the Delaware Watershed to be industrially assaulted, it will be a crime against everything good in this world...

You should not allow this to happen.

Take off a day from work and do this.

It may be the most important statement that you ever make....and it may actually make a difference..

There is some inertia at this time... and every single voice (and physical body) will add power to the political statement.

The Delaware River was not classified Temporarily as a Wild and Scenic River.. 
If the commission issues permits to drill, they should be immediately sued and replaced with people that actually care about protecting the river from this type of Reckless, Irresponsible and Self Serving behavior. has sent money to the Delaware Riverkeeper because they are organized and they have the facts...  Please consider doing the same..

The only way that this River can be protected is if A LOT of people care enough to make it happen..
A lot of the work has been done by the previous generation...The River is already LEGALLY protected.  This Generation just needs to Defend what has already been fought over and won..

Criminals are good at finding loopholes and some Politicians are Unethical...That may never change, but the people CANNOT allow them to issue permits to legally Frack in the Delaware River Watershed and one way to stop them is show up in a coat and gloves on November 21....
It would not be surprising if they moved the meeting just so it will be colder and so less people show up..
Having a big turnout in cold weather is an even stronger statement.

This is too important of an issue to let cold weather (or any other reason) block your attendance..

Show up if you can.
Send Money if you can.
Tell other people what is at risk and how to learn more, and ask them to get involved.
Put a Bumper sticker on your car or post where others can see it..

Just DO SOMETHING and you will know that you have done the right thing....

There is a sociological concept called "The 100th Monkey"..It's all about numbers.....
People influencing other people and then eventually the tide turns....

This is what needs to happen.

Every person is important.

Every action will have direct and indirect consequences..

SAVE THE DELAWARE. A new video from Josh Fox and Matt Sanchez. The Delaware River Basin is in severe danger. The Delaware River Basin Commission will vote on October 21st on regulations that would allow for 20,000 gas wells in the river basin. Now is the time to act. Please post (and repost and repost)

This is an urgent call to the fans of GASLAND and to the fracking movement across the nation, please act now to Save the Delaware River. On November 21st, the Delaware River Basin commission will vote on a plan to allow 20,000 gas wells in the Delaware River basin. We need calls to come from all over the nation and we need people from all over the region to come out in protest on November 21st.

The Delaware River Basin commission is comprised of five voting members, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Christie of New Jersey, Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania, Governor Markell from Delaware and the Obama Administration represented by the Army Corps of Engineers. For the Delaware River to be opened up to drilling three out of five have to vote yes on the draft regulations plan. We need them all to reject the proposal and reject gas drilling and fracking.

There has never been a more urgent moment in the North east in the battle against fracking. The Delaware is the primary drinking water source for 15.6 million people and it is a national treasure.

Four actions you can take:

1) Call the the Governors from the member states and President Obama TODAY and tell them, "Hello, I am calling you to express my serious concerns about hydrofracking. Please Don’t Drill the Delaware!"

Governor Christie’s office - 609-292-6000
Governor Cuomo’s office - 518-474-8390
Gov Corbett’s office – 717-787-2500
Gov Markell’s Wilmington Office - 302-577-3210
And the white house comment line is 202-456-1111
2) Come to the DRBC meeting!

When: November 21, 8 am

Where: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive Trenton, N.J. Map HERE.

There are over 20 buses traveling in from all over the region. Click HERE for bus sign up. 

3) Delaware Riverkeeper will be hosting a Peaceful Non-Violent Direct Action Training on November 20th. For more information, sign up HERE.

4) If you work with an organization fighting to keep our water safe from hydraulic fracturing, please send this alert to those in your membership, and post it on facebook. 

We will continue to send updates in the coming weeks.

For more information go to or visit 

With your help, we can stop the poisoning of our historic rivers and move to renewable and sustainable energy solutions. 

Thanks for all you do! Together we can turn the tide.

Josh and the Gasland Team

Posted September 13, 2011

Please look at the tab called "DRBC Protest! 10/21/11"

For over 3 years, we have all been fighting to protect the Delaware River Watershed from pollution from toxic gas drilling; 69,800 people filed comments with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) during the comment period on their draft natural gas development regulations, breaking all past records of public interest. Law suits have been filed to attempt to stop the DRBC from movingahead with these inadequate regulations without the needed environmental studies to base those rules on. Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a plaintiffwith others; we’re working for an injunction. The New York Attorney General’s office filed to force the Army Corps, the federal representative to the DRBC, to follow federal environmental law.But now the DRBC has scheduled a special meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on October 21, 2011 at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ to “consider adoption of the regulations”, which would lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Watershed and allow drilling and fracking to start.

Please Join Us & Bring along your Neighbors and Friends!   We NEED you!   CALL to ACTION October 21   DRBC will meet 1 p.m. to 3 p.m…Patriots Theater at the War Memorial - 1 Memorial Drive Trenton, N.J.

Posted August 31,2011

Plan to Testify With Your Thoughts on Gas Drilling to a New PA Citizens Commission 

Hearings Start This Week In Pittsburgh — Next Week the Commission is in Philadelphia

A new commission is launching that will give the citizens of Pennsylvania an opportunity to tell their side of the story about drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Earlier this year, Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, heavy with industry representatives, produced a report and recommendations on shale drilling. The Citizens Commission is intended to delve deeper into a variety of issues, including water and air quality, social impacts of gas drilling, the drilling tax, and impacts outside Marcellus communities.

The Commission will hold five hearings across Pennsylvania in August and September. Each hearing will be held from 6-9 p.m., with the first hour reserved for expert testimony and the remaining two for public input. 

If you have testimony to give, please attend one of the hearings or send in your thoughts.   

The hearing schedule is:

Southwestern Pennsylvania
 Aug. 31, 2011, 6-9 pm: South Fayette Middle School, 3640 Old Oakdale Rd., McDonald, Pa

Southeastern Pennsylvania
Sept. 6, 2011, 6-9 pm: The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, Pa.

Northeastern Pennsylvania
Sept. 13, 2011, 6-9 pm: Lycoming College, Academic Center on Mulberry Street, Room D001, Lower Level, Williamsport, Pa.

Sept. 14, 2011, 6-9 pm: Wysox Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 2, Lake Rd., Wysox, Pa.

Central Pennsylvania
Week of Sept. 18, 2011, Harrisburg, Pa. (Details TBA)

Citizens can sign up to participate at these hearings at the Commission’s web site: or by calling Stephanie Frank at 717-255-7181

Posted August 24, 2011

Concert for Water / Carnegie Hall - November 1st, 2011The Concert for Water in the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall is a celebration of Lifes most precious resource: Water.  New York has the "Best Tasting" water in the world andit is now under attack by a massive campaign to frack for gas.  Tickets go on sale beginning September 1st.  Please look for announcements in the coming weeks with details about the celebrities, and performers who will grace to the worlds greatest stage, Carnegie Hall:

Tar Sands Action/ Josh Fox from JFOX on Vimeo.

Posted August 22,2011 See the tab called September 13,2011

In order to make our voices heard, we're joining with our coalition partners and generating thousands of calls into the White House on the National Day of Action to Ban Fracking — Tuesday, September 13th.

POSTED August 19,2011


Rally to Stop Dirty Gas Drilling — Protect Air, Water, Earth and Human Health

When: Wednesday, September 7, Noon – 2 PM (March follows until 3 PM)
Where: Center City Philadelphia, Arch St., between Broad and 13th Streets; In front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center

RSVP on Facebook

Shale Gas Outrage $5k Challenge GrantAppearing: Josh Fox, Director of the Oscar-nominated “Gasland;” Doug Shields, Pittsburgh City Council President; Al Appleton, internationally respected water systems expert;  impacted families from “shale country”;organizers fighting for the life of the Delaware River watershed, the commonwealth, the Marcellus Shale region, and the nation. Additionally lifting our spirits in such serious times will be Rev. Rhetta Morgan, West Philly comic geniusBeth Nixon,  and underground rock & hip-hop from The Band Called Fuse. More special guests will be posted here as they’re confirmed.


Why: Maximizing the sheer numbers attending this rally on September 7th will show a broad-based popular movement that will not tolerate contamination of our air, water, and earth by dirty drilling, or the corruption of our politicians by industry money. We will demand that not one more family be poisoned by fracking and shale gas extraction.

This demonstration is in response to the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s major conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 7th and 8th. CEOs from major fracking companies will be plotting to expand their poisonous operations in PA, NY, OH, MD, WV, VA, and NJ. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and former governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell will be speaking in support of the industry. Dubbed “Shale Gas Insight,” this is not only a key trade show for the industry, but also a brazen expression of its political muscle.

Posted July 19,2011     

From: O'Hara, Kate <Katharine.O'>
Subject: Large Number of Comments on DRBC's Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations Now Viewable on DRBC Website
Date: Monday, July 11, 2011, 4:18 PM

Good Afternoon,

This email is intended for those who have asked to be a part of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) natural gas information email notification list.  If you would like to be removed from this list, please let us know.

DRBC received written comments on the draft Natural Gas Development Regulations through approximately 44,500 form letters (identical or nearly identical letters submitted by two or more commenters); petitions or sign-on letters (comments under which two or more individuals signed their names) bearing a combined total of approximately 19,500 signatures; and approximately 4,800 unique oral or written submissions.  Some 80 of the latter included single or multiple attachments.  Oral comment consisted of approximately 18 hours of testimony on the draft regulations during six hearing sessions, for which professional transcripts were created.

All of the written and oral submissions received by the Commission on the draft regulations constitute public records and are available for review.


A large number of records, including the hearing transcripts, sample form letters, petitions and multi-party sign-on letters, and comments submitted by elected officials, public agencies, businesses and private organizations, can now be viewed on-line at  Unless stated otherwise (as in the case of form letters and petitions, for which each substantive component appears in these on-line files only once), all submissions that fall within the named categories are included.


DRBC staff has created an Access database which includes the following:

  • all unique submissions – oral and written – from private citizens, elected officials, public agencies, businesses and private organizations
  • all distinct form letters (one example of each, noting the total number of each received)
  • reports and other materials included as attachments to comments


With the exception of the materials submitted as attachments, all of these items were either entered into the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment System (“PEPC”) by the commenter or scanned into PEPC by a DRBC contractor, and thus appear in the database as PEPC records rather than as Adobe pdf files.


The Access database cannot be posted on-line due to limitations on server space. However, the entire database has been loaded onto a dedicated PC placed in the library in DRBC’s West Trenton, N.J. office building. Anyone who wishes to inspect or download items from the database may schedule an appointment by emailing


Thank you.


Katharine O'Hara

Communications Assistant

Delaware River Basin Commission

P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, N.J. 08628-0360

Phone: (609) 883-9500 ext. 205

Fax: (609) 883-9522


Description: 50th-Logo-transp


The Delaware River is Pennsylvania’s 2011 River of the Year!

Posted May 23rd, 2011

From: Katharine.O&apos;
Sent: 5/18/2011 3:31:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) News Release for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

N E W S    R E L E A S E     



P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive

West Trenton, NJ 08628




CONTACT:  Clarke Rupert - (609) 883-9500 x260

                        Kate O’Hara -  (609) 883-9500 x205




WEST TRENTON, N.J. (May 18) – Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol R. Collier today announced that a second hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to give the public another opportunity to provide feedback on XTO Energy’s proposed water withdrawal draft docket.  Written comments on this proposal must be received on or before June 1.


The public hearing will take place at the Deposit High School Auditorium, 171 Second Street, Deposit, N.Y. from 4:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  An informational meeting, which will open with a brief overview presentation on the draft docket by commission staff to be followed with an informal question and answer period, will be held at 3:45 p.m. for the hour preceding the hearing.


Registration for those who wish to testify at the hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the doors open.  There will be no inside access to the school building prior to 3:30 p.m.  Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Because a large number of individuals are expected to register to speak, commenters will be limited to two minutes each.  It is estimated that approximately 120 speakers can be heard within the allotted time period.  Oral testimony may be supplemented with written comments submitted at the hearing or provided to the commission on or before June 1.  Oral and written comments will receive the same consideration by the commissioners prior to any action on the proposal.


Government representatives who wish to comment in their official capacities may present their two-minute oral testimony at the beginning of the hearing, provided that they register in advance by phoning Paula Schmitt at (609) 883-9500 x224 before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.


During the public hearing held at the commission’s May 11, 2011 business meeting, 39 persons testified on the draft XTO docket.  Many of these commenters requested that another hearing be held in the vicinity of the proposed water withdrawal and that the written comment period be extended.  The commissioners granted both requests, announcing that the comment period on the draft docket will remain open until the close of a second public hearing to be held in the vicinity of Broome County, N.Y.  To date, the DRBC has received more than 8,700 comments on the draft docket.


XTO Energy is requesting to withdraw up to 250,000 gallons per day of surface water from Oquaga Creek in the Town of Sanford in Broome County to support the company’s planned natural gas exploration and production activities within the Delaware River Basin in Broome and Delaware counties in N.Y.  Oquaga Creek drains to the West Branch Delaware River.


The draft docket prepared by DRBC staff in response to XTO Energy’s application stipulates that even if the docket is issued, the company cannot withdraw any water at the site unless and until it receives separate approvals from DRBC and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for those natural gas wells intended to receive the water.


Written comments on the proposed draft docket must include “XTO Energy” in the subject line.  Written comments may be submitted by hand at the June 1 hearing; by e-mail to; by U.S. Mail to Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360; or by private delivery service or hand delivery to Commission Secretary, DRBC, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.  Please include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter.  All written comments must be received on or before June 1, 2011.  The draft XTO Energy water withdrawal docket can be viewed on the commission’s web site at


The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The five commission members are the Governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.  2011 marks the commission’s 50th anniversary.

Posted March 23, 2011

Dr Conrad Volz, Directory of the University of Pittsburg Center for Healthy Environments and Communities March 15, 2011. Speaking at Miseracordia University.

This is a 38 minute Video that summarizes one portion of the wastewater problem.

We need the EPA to function and we need 100 more men like Dr Volz to monitor the results..

Posted March 9,2011

This is a great way to get your personal opinion placed into the Permanent Public Record.

Please spend some time and compose a letter that will help effect a change in the public policy of the Delaware Watershed.  


The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC or Commission) is proposing a new Article 7 of its Water Quality Regulations to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin during the construction and operation of natural gas development projects. This Article applies to all natural gas development projects involving siting, construction, or use of production, exploratory, or other wells in the basin regardless of the target geologic formation, and to water withdrawals, well pad and related activities, and wastewater disposal activities comprising part of, associated with, or serving such projects. The provisions of this Article rely on the state oil and gas regulatory programs of Pennsylvania and New York where separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication. This Article supersedes the Executive Director Determinations issued on May 19, 2009June 14, 2010, and July 23, 2010.

This Article implements the statutory authority that Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the federal government granted to the Commission in the Delaware River Basin Compact and supplements the Commission’s Comprehensive Plan with respect to natural gas development projects within the basin.

Instructions for Submitting Written Comments

There will be a 120-day comment period, with written comments accepted through the close of business (5 p.m.) April 15, 2011, by the following two methods:

1. Electronic submission using a web-based form (preferred method). The National Park Service (NPS) has authorized DRBC to utilize its Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) online submission system for accepting comments electronically**. Please click here to go to the PEPC web page to comment on this proposed regulation.

2. Paper submission mailed or delivered to: Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Please be sure to include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter. Paper submissions will also be accepted at the three public hearings.

Posted 2/28/2011



The Public DRBC Hearings were held last week.


The public was allocated 120 seconds for each person to make a verbal statement about how we feel about the "Regulation" of a reckless, irresponsible and destructive industry that is not satisfied with being permitted to drill in most of Pennsylvania (and most of the the other States in the Union.)


Please read the the Final report from the:

"National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling" if you need the reasons why the Oil and Gas Industry are considered "reckless, irresponsible and destructive"....


The issue this week was the discussion about how the Delaware Watershed should be dissected and digested by the Oil and Gas industry with the legal blessing from the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Federal Government.


To be completely be clear about this.


There should be a total prohibition of all Natural Gas drilling in the Delaware Watershed.

Prohibition is the only way that the people and the Ecosystem of the Delaware Watershed can be adequately protected.  


It is Wrong for the commission to discuss the new Arbitrary amounts of Industrial Waste that will be legally allowed to be be dumped into our Water supply.  


This is exactly what is being calmly discussed with this set of Proposed regulations.


This is Nothing less than the intentional Contamination of our Water Supply.

The water is for the most part, clean and it is drinkable at this time

It is not as clean as it could be (or as clean as it should be).


There are Superfund sites that are leaking into the Water table already.

There are many other documented sources of contamination as well..


The water in the Delaware Watershed should not be intentionally contaminated AT ALL.


What is surreal about this entire situation is:

The concept of not allowing any intentional contamination of our Water supply seems to be viewed by the commission as an extreme position.


This webpage (and many other webpages just like it), will post literally tens of thousands of words that will clearly document that drilling in the Delaware Watershed is at best a very bad idea and at worst a criminal act against the present and future inhabitants of this land.. 


Most of these words will not be read by the people that are making the final decisions about this natural Gas drilling...  They don't seem to have the time to be careful or responsible.


It is not clear WHY they don't have time. 

That is a question that they need to answer.


(The Natural Gas is not going anywhere.  It will store just fine right where it is, for as long as necessary. It is clear that the Oil and Gas companies are in a hurry and the DRBC is reacting to their pressure.) 


For the rest of us, I am sorry to say, that there will be plenty to read. 



Here is the Basic Rational for a Total Ban on Drilling in the Entire Delaware Watershed:


The Delaware Watershed provides unfiltered water to over 15 million people.

The Delaware Watershed is a Federally Protected Watershed because it NEEDS to be protected.

The Water supply (and the Ecosystem that supports it) is too valuable to Risk and it cannot be replaced if it is contaminated.

The Water is infinitely more valuable than the Natural Gas.

Our Water Supply is like the fabled "Goose that laid the golden egg".


There are plenty of other places to drill with less risk.  

 A ban on all drilling in the Delaware Watershed is a reasonable, a logical and a LEGAL request.  

The DRBC has the authority to recommend that drilling not be permitted at this time and that is what they should do.


In the future, if the rest of the Pennsylvania (and the rest of the country) is satisfied with the results of the Gas drilling that is occurring in 2010 -2020, and if the process has proven to be reliable and safe...and if there is still an overwhelming NEED...

Then this topic should be discussed and considered. But the discussion about regulating this industrial assault in the Delaware Watershed should not move forward at this time. 

The only thing that should be discussed at this time is how to ban it completely. (In the DWS).


There will be additional postings (on this topic) on this webpage in the next 10 days..






Posted 1/12/2011

This is a MUST READ...  Please read this, Understand that these observations are not open to debate or discussion, opinion or spin by the Marketing Departments of the Oil and Gas Industry, the Media, or the Elected Representatives that have Loyalty to the Status Quo. 

This is the Final report from the:

"National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling"

It has been thoroughly and professionally researched and it is clearly and officially stating the indisputable facts.

The next step is for the Elected officials and the Public at large to force a change in behavior immediately so that the Water Supply and the Eco System of the Earth are not additionally damaged.     Additional links are posted under the webspace "BP Horizon Final Report"  (The last webtab on this website..)

"As a result of our investigation, we conclude:

The explosive loss of the Macondo well could have been prevented.

The immediate causes of the Macondo well blowout can be traced to a series of identifiable mistakes made by BP, Halliburton, and Transocean that reveal such systematic failures in risk management that they place in doubt the safety culture of the entire industry.

Deepwater energy exploration and production, particularly at the frontiers of experience, involve risks for which neither industry nor government has been adequately prepared, but for which they can and must be prepared in the future.

To assure human safety and environmental protection, regulatory oversight of leasing, energy exploration, and production require reforms even beyond those significant reforms already initiated since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Fundamental reform will be needed in both the structure of those in charge of regulatory oversight and their internal decision making process to ensure their political autonomy, technical expertise, and their full consideration of environmental protection concerns.

Because regulatory oversight alone will not be sufficient to ensure adequate safety, the oil and gas industry will need to take its own, unilateral steps to increase dramatically safety throughout the industry, including self-policing mechanisms that supplement governmental enforcement.

The technology, laws and regulations, and practices for containing, responding to, and cleaning up spills lag behind the real risks associated with deepwater drilling into large, high-pressure reservoirs of oil and gas located far offshore and thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface. Government must close the existing gap and industry must support rather than resist that effort.

Scientific understanding of environmental conditions in sensitive environments in deep Gulf waters, along the region’s coastal habitats, and in areas proposed for more drilling, such as the Arctic, is inadequate. The same is true of the human and natural impacts of oil spills."

Please distribute this information.

There is no longer a need to debate that the Oil and Gas industry need Fundamental Regulatory and also Voluntary Changes.  It is logical and Reasonable to deduce that a Drilling moratorium should be enacted immediately until the Risk Analysis can be performed and an acceptable Risk Response Plan be created and approved.

Authorizing the creation of a comprehensive Risk Management Plan is ALWAYS the responsibility of the Upper Management of the Company that initiated the Project. It is 100% the responsibility of the Upper Management because it requires adequate funding and it is the Upper Management of any Company that creates and directs the culture of the company, the work environment and in the end, the results.

The Upper Management of BP caused this spill and History will document that it is the Upper Management of BP that will bear the responsibility for it..  All future contamination is also Morally (if not yet legally) their responsibility.  It's just that Our laws have not yet caught up to Our Reality.. 

The reckless drilling and contamination that is occurring in the Marcellus shale also must be reacted to in the same manner.


If you have doubt that this is entirely true, please feel free to read the risk Management portion of the  "Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK" that is available at the following website.

Safety is a commodity that can be engineered and purchased IF it is considered a requirement of the project.

It is clear that Safety and the Prevention of Environmental contamination are not considered important enough to proactively purchased by these Oil and Gas companies. 

That is what needs to change.

Posted 1/10/2011:

PA Sierra Club Chair Dennis Winters, hero Supervisor Nancy Janyszeski  to open January 14  GasLand video-discussion in Warrington

GasLand, the Sundance Award winning documentary on Marcellus gas extraction by Josh Fox, will be shown at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Friday, January 14th at 7 PM.  Located at at 2040 Street Road in Warrington , PA , (just East of Rt. 611) the event is sponsored by their Green Sanctuary Committee.  Admission is by donation and the Fellowship is handicap accessible. For information call 215.343.0406.

The event will feature a keynote address by Dennis Winters, Chair of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club and Sierra Club Conservation Chair at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. With him will be Nancy Janyszeski, Chair of the Nockamixon Township Board of Supervisors. The township recently won a half-decade David and Goliath battle with Arbor Resources which wanted to drill the Township. Winning earned Janyszeski hero status among environmentalists and safe drinking water activists.

Learn about the issues through the eyes of the people at ground zero where gas extraction is taking place. With no severance tax on the industry taxpayers are on the hook for the high costs of remediation.

Natural Gas Extraction is one of the three top issues for the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network for 2011. The Green Sanctuary Program at BuxMont Unitarian is pleased to sponsor and present this first public outreach event for 2011.



 The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States into Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Basin . There seems to be a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us.

 But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox was asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarked on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. In a recently drilled Pennsylvania town residents light their drinking water on fire, one of the many revelations uncovered by Fox.

 Recent headlines reveal that toxic frack water waste has long been dumped into the Neshaminy Creek which overlays drinking water wells in Bucks County and runs beside BuxMont UUF where people fish. Where else have our local streams been fouled?

 Revered by activists and conservationists, reviled by the gas industry, bureaucrats, and politicians, this extraordinary film puts a human face on an issue that has already split families, communities, activists, and regions.

Posted January 2,2010:

Responsible Drilling Alliance Launches Campaign to

Halt Further Leasing of PA State Forest Lands for Gas Drilling

Williamsport, PA, December 29, 2010

Responsible Drilling Alliance (RDA), a non-profit citizens’ group headquartered in Williamsport, is demanding a moratorium on further leasing of Pennsylvania’s state forests for gas drilling and has sponsored a web site and on-line petition for the campaign at

According to environmental scientist, Kevin Heatley,  “The industrialization of our landscape for short term gain will impoverish our communities for generations. Given the intended distribution of well pads, pipelines, and access roads, there is no way to mitigate against the ecological footprint of this industry.”

Incoming Governor Tom Corbett, whose campaign received over $800,000 in donations from natural gas companies, has announced his intention to lift the current administration’s moratorium and resume leasing of State Forest lands.

RDA President Ralph Kisberg states, “Time is needed to carefully evaluate the experiences with current leases instead of robbing future generations of the ability to make an informed decision.”

For further information:

Responsible Drilling Alliance,  HYPERLINK ""

On-line petition,  HYPERLINK ""

Posted late December 2010:
There are 2 important items that deserve to be highlighted this week and they are both Very Good News.

The First item is posted directly below and is the cancellation of the DRBC hearing that was scheduled for January 18th. 
The Second item is Executive Order #41 that was issued by NYS Governor David Paterson. (and a summary of the situation by Walter Hang).
Here is a link to a Podcast about executive order #41

Please read these two items.     These examples clearly show that an organized and well informed Public can effect public policy.

Happy New Year!...Let us all continue to help Protect the Water .

Date: December 12, 2010 11:26:52 PM EST


PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release

Dec 12, 2010


When Gas Industry Walks Away from Hearing Process.

In a stunning development at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) meeting held on Wednesday, December 8, the gas industry withdrew from a hearing scheduled for January 18, 2011 without defending its position. The hearing, scheduled both to defend the DRBC's appropriateness to regulate all "exploratory" gas wells and to challenge the inappropriateness of the DRBC's allowing of 15 possible gas wells to be drilled in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) without any oversight, will now be cancelled unless, within 10 days, the operator of one of the original grandfathered wells sites informs DRBC that he will continue to defend his right to drill without DRBC review and approval. The industry withdrew its multiple challenges to assertions of the inherent dangers posed by drilling gas wells in the DRB.

When asked why she thought that the drillers  - Hess and Newfield corporations and the pro-drilling lessor group, NWPOA - would suddenly withdraw all their challenges, the Director of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), Barbara Arrindell said,  "This is a stunning development. Obviously, they are very frightened by the information Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Delaware RiverKeeper Network (DRN) and the DRBC itself had developed and clearly laid out in our reports. Until these reports were prepared no one had looked at or compiled any careful analysis of the dangers of the initial aspects of the drilling process. These reports - eight [8] from DCS/DRN - - and 5 from DRBC - - together represent  a start toward a complete analysis of the dangers to the environment and  human health of modern gas drilling even before hydraulic fracturing.  Why would the drillers withdraw from this hearing? It could only be that they could not answer our facts that now remain unchallenged."

Following the Commission’s actions to cancel the hearings, DCS’s lawyer, Jeff Zimmerman, commented, “It’s too bad we most likely won’t have an opportunity to challenge the opinions that would have been presented by the industries’ usual experts. We were looking forward to ripping apart their reports on cross examination.” 

Judging by their submitted list of consultants and industry sponsored "tobacco" scientists (J. Daniel Arthur, Brian Bohm, David B. Cornue, All Consulting, Paul White, Brickhouse Environmental, James Kooser, James Pinta, Jr., James A. Shodi, Ivan G. Wong, URS Corporation), these same consultants to industry have repeatedly asserted no harm could come from any aspect of gas drilling "so far under the ground."  Why were they not willing to defend their position?  In their reports, DCS/DRN and the DRBC presented only a small portion of verified facts and revealed large unknown areas of potential harm connected to gas well drilling even in the absence of  hydraulic fracturing. 

Arrindell also added,"The drillers realized, in light of the facts presented by our expert witnesses, that their position is indefensible.  The only way the industry could avoid being exposed and publicly humiliated if the hearing were to proceed was by terminating their drilling activity before all of the scheduled wells had been drilled.  It can therefore be justly concluded that we were able to stop the ‘exploratory’ drilling."  

Now that the DRBC has decided to promulgate its draft regulations before a cumulative impact study could shed more light on how the environment will be harmed by all the processes of gas drilling, DCS will consider all its options to force both a look at and notice of these dangers. A cumulative impact study must be undertaken  and inform all aspects of regulations or drilling must not take place  anywhere in the DRB. These are inherently contaminating processes, as the New York representative to the DRBC, Mark Klotz, acknowledged in a prepared statement to the Commission when he objected to the release of draft regulations without a cumulative impact study to inform those regulations.  

DCS will have further statements after consulting with its partners and after a thorough reading of the proposed regulations and review of the events of Wednesday, December 8 in West Trenton at DRBC Meeting.


Pat Carullo

570-352-6792 [CELL, 9AM-9PM]

This is Great News for the Long Term Protection of the Delaware River Watershed.  This is a direct result of the Petition that was initiated by the "Toxicstargeting" Group in New York State (Walter Hang).


WHEREAS, the 2009 New York State Energy Plan supports the development of in-State energy resources, including natural gas, to achieve the Plan's multiple public policy objectives; and


WHEREAS, low-volume hydraulic fracturing, or conventional fracking, has been used successfully and safely in New York State for many years to extract natural gas consistent with the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program promulgated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) in 1992; and


WHEREAS, new technologies have emerged, and are being deployed in other states, to extract natural gas more efficiently through a process known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling; and


WHEREAS, there is a need for further study of this new technology prior to deployment in New York State; and


WHEREAS, in 2008, I directed the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation to initiate a formal public process to update the 1992 GEIS to ensure that any new technologies deployed in New York State are first thoroughly analyzed and regulated to ensure that all environmental and public health impacts are mitigated or avoided; and


WHEREAS, the Department issued a draft scope for an updated GEIS on October 6, 2008, held public meetings in the Marcellus shale region, received more than 3,000 written comments, and issued a final scope for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on February 6, 2009.  The Department released the Draft SGEIS for public review and comment on September 30, 2009, held four public hearings in the region and New York City, and received more than 13,000 written comments during a public comment period that closed December 31, 2009; and


WHEREAS, tens of thousands of citizens, landowners, local governments, large and small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders have expressed their heartfelt support for or opposition to the new technology, but most agree that an objective, science-based analysis is the best approach to setting new policy.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, David A. Paterson, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows:

  1. The Department shall complete its review of the public comments, make such revisions to the Draft SGEIS that are necessary to analyze comprehensively the environmental impacts associated with high-volume hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling, ensure that such impacts are appropriately avoided or mitigated consistent with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), other provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and other laws, and ensures that adequate regulatory measures are identified to protect public health and the environment; and
  2. On or about June 1, 2011, the Department shall publish a Revised Draft SGEIS, accept public comment on the revisions for a period of not less than thirty days, and may schedule public hearings on such revisions to be conducted in the Marcellus shale region and New York City; and
  3. Recognizing that, pursuant to SEQRA, no permits may be issued prior to the completion of a Final SGEIS, the Department, subsequent to the conclusion of the public comment period, shall report to the Governor on the status of the Final SGEIS and the regulatory conditions that are necessary to include in oil and gas well permits to protect public health and the environment.     


G I V E N   under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this thirteenth day of December in the year two thousand ten.



Secretary to the Governor



I write to bring you up to date on the stunning developments regarding the veto of the mini-moratorium bill and Governor David A. Paterson's landmark Executive Order 41.  
When the Governor vetoed the mini-moratorium bill late last Saturday, it was reported that he would issue an Executive Order 
requiring that "...if approved, high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing would not be permitted until July 1, 2011, at the earliest."  
Mini-moratorium supporters declared: "
New York is the first state in the union to legally impose a statewide moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing..."  They also called the Governor's action an “historic victory for the citizens of New York State.” 

In fact, the Executive Order does not impose any moratorium on horizontal hydrofracking.  
According to "Executive Order No. 41: Requiring Further Environmental Review," no horizontal hydrofracking permits can be issued until a Final SGEIS is adopted.  This is exactly the same de facto moratorium that has been in-place in New York for the last two and a half years.

Nevertheless, the Governor's order is SUPER IMPORTANT because it requires DEC to issue a "revised" draft SGEIS, accept public comment on the revisions and submit a report to the Governor regarding "the regulatory conditions that are necessary to include in oil and gas well permits to protect public health and the environment

Executive Order specifically requires: "The Department shall complete its review of the public comments, make such revisions to the Draft SGEIS that are necessary to analyze comprehensively (emphasis added) the environmental impacts associated with high-volume hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling, ensure that such impacts are appropriately avoided or mitigated consistent with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), other provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and other laws, and ensures that adequate regulatory measures are identified to protect public health and the environment;"

DEC cannot possibly fulfill the Executive Order unless it expands the original scope of its SGEIS proceeding.  If you read between the lines of Acting DEC Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz's quotes in today's New York Times, that conclusion is perfectly clear:

"Peter M. Iwanowicz, the department’s acting commissioner, said many of the comments have criticized the proposed standards for failing to adequately address issues like the cumulative impact of multiple drill sites, disposal of wastewater from the drilling and the protection of drinking waterHe said 'it behooves' the next administration to incorporate the range of different issues in the revised draft."

The specific issues Peter references were excluded from the scope of the original SGEIS.  Wastewater management and drinking water protection are two of the critical issues spelled out in our coalition letter to Governor Paterson.

"The governor’s order said no drilling permits could be issued until completion of the final standards 'subsequent to the conclusion of the public comment period,' meaning July 1 at the earliest. Mr. Iwanowicz said drilling could theoretically begin in 2011, 'but a lot of it depends on how the issues are addressed by this draft.'"

See: or

You can read the Executive Order at:

We must take concerted action to make sure Governor-Elect Cuomo does not rescind the Executive Order.  That is highly unlikely because he would become the focus of intense criticism, to say the least.  
We must also require the scope of the revised draft SGEIS to be expanded to include each and every single one of the major concerns identified in our coalition letter as well as by the thousands of other elected officials, environmental groups, business owners and concerned citizens.
I will be in touch very shortly to ask your help with those challenges.
In conclusion, I want to thank everyone who helped our coalition letter effort during the last year.  The Executive Order affords an opportunity to send the draft SGEIS "back to the drawing board."  It is precisely what we have collectively worked so hard to accomplish.  
We are not out of the thicket yet, but things appear to be getting brighter.  
Keep your fingers crossed.  

Happy Holidays.

Editors Note: For more information, Please go to the "" website. 
 was created to help Organize and to Interconnect any organization that is dedicated to protecting the Water of the Planet Earth.

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.  -
Pennsylvania Constitution, Section 1, Article 27

      The Delaware River has been classified as the most endangered River in America.

Delaware River Factsheet 2010      Here is the Fact sheet that has been prepared that describes why the Delaware River is #1

One of the Biggest threats to the Water in the North East United States is the proposed Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
The following sites are Active and detail specific Action Items that individuals can do to voice their concerns/ desires and educate themselves.   This is an organization that you can join... or you can leverage their combined experience and learn how to maximize your personal efforts.

This General Status was posted on March 15, 2012
5756 hits in about 18 months...that is more than 10 per day...

To help educate and interconnect...That was the goal of this site.

10 hits a day is a Great beginning...but 1000 a day would make a difference..

The HTMP updated version of the website has been sent to the professionals...
The goal is to move the site to a hosting service and eliminate the handicaps that are inherent in the Go Daddy Website Tonight application....
ETA is May 2012

This General Status was posted on August 19,2011:
2515 hits on in just about 11 months. 

This General Status was posted on March 29,2011:
This webpage is just over 6 months old.  There are 1260 hits on the counter today and it is definitely serving its' original purpose.
Recently, a lot of weblinks to previous Blunders and examples of industrial contamination have been added.
The purpose of these links it to put this situation in context.

This current industrial assault on the water is part of a much bigger pattern.
Whatever noteworthy that is read is posted so that others that also care to read, can save time...


It seems that the people who gain from this system feel that their desires/opinions and paychecks are more important than the desires/opinions of people who want to be protected from the collateral damage of this gradual (and sometime acute) degradation of our common resources.  

Yes,  You should be able to smoke a cigar if you want to...  No Problem...
No, You are not allowed to smoke it in an elevator that other people also need to use.

Our Water is not your industrial sewer system...  Sorry if that is not good news for your skewed business model (That already externalizes a majority of the real costs of production).
Be responsible for the waste that is generated and contain it...or do not generate it.
That seems like a reasonable request.

Sustainability is going to be the requirement at some point but right now it does not even seem to be on the agenda.

This general Status of the Webpage was Posted on January 11, 2011:
Well, Here we are 2 months later.  (About 4 months since 9/14/2010 when this website was initially created).

There is now quite a bit of information accessible from the links that are posted on this webpage (and I have learned a Lot).   I have periodically inserted some personal opinion and comments, but most of the material is from external sources and the media.
The more that I read, The more I realize that the contamination of the Worlds' Water supply is a Huge problem and that it has already caused a lot a damage to the Environment and to the People and the Communities that have been effected and will be effected by it in the near future.  

I would say that at this point there is more than enough information on this website to make you realize that this is an issue that YOU should look into in more detail..  I cannot stress that enough.  The Documentation and Facts are provided here so that the Moral and Healthy people that happen to read this webpage realize that the Water of their neighborhoods needs to be protected and that they need to take this personally and step up and start helping to protect it.

There are a huge amount of diverse problems everywhere...The good news is that there is a Huge amount of PEOPLE everywhere.   At any given moment, they can make up their minds to do something about these problems, and then they can actually Do Something About Them.   

I am truly inspired by the Quality of some of the people that I have been able to learn about as I was reading and learning about these issues..  I have found that there are many, many good people persistently working (sometimes for decades) in the shadows.  I have also been amazed and disappointed by the actions and the nonsense of others.

It seems that we all must Watch and Protect and Contribute whatever we can to help protect our Homes, our Families, the People and Places that we Love and the World that we all live in... 

 It is also very obvious that a LOT more people need to wake up and become acutely aware that there a lot of very destructive practices that are occurring all around them that eventually will cause them personal pain and trauma. . Please spread the word and try to wake as many people up as possible.  Create your own local webpages so that others can reference your unique source documentation and also join some larger organization that has a clear and focused goal that can push for the Permanent, Legal and Effective protection of our Water Ecosystem. 

 Get other people to change their behavior and help you figure out what to do.  Just know that there are a lot of people who are out there that will never quit. That kind of devotion and energy will have an effect, but the question is: how much damage will be done before the permanent protections can be put in place.... 

This General Status of the Webpage was Posted on November 12, 2010:

It has been about 2 months since this website was initially created  (9/14/2010) ...The first phase has now been completed...
This site now has a lot of useful documentation and quite a few html links to other web sites.
That was the initial goal.

The next phase will be to read through and refine what we have posted...and add comments, corrections and some pictures.
Of course, new material will be added every week so no one will be idle ...

Comments and new material are welcome, so please feel free to get involved and do some research....and then send in what you find out..

Many new web space tabs have been added and there will be many more in the future..

The intention is to eventually create a more professional hosted webpage that will be easier to navigate and easier to search through.
The design is complete (On paper) but the "Go Daddy Websight Tonight" software has some limitations and so this is what is here at this time....
(So please be patient),


One more comment:   This website may appear a little "busy or wordy".
Since this is the first attempt at building a website, that is a handicap that we will just have to deal with for a while.

The goal of this website is to put information at the fingertips of people that need to know it.. It is kind of like a reference book....
It may not be pretty, but if you spend the time and effort to read it, you will be empowered by the knowledge that it contains...(and you will know where to get the facts when you need them!).

These are several Action items that you can do right now!!
   Call, email and pester the powers that be:

Action Item #1:    The Marcellus drilling boom has imposed heavy costs on our state's environment. This includes the polluting of our air and drinking water supplies, pipelines defaceing our forests and natural areas, heavy rigs damaging our roads, and the taking of billions of gallons of water from our streams and rivers.

Send a letter to your legislators and fight back against the dangerous and destructive practice of Marcellus gas drilling.    This Site will help you generate an email...

Action Item #2:                This is petition with over 10,000 signatures on it already....

"Dear Governor Paterson:

We, the undersigned, strongly support safeguarding the environment, public health and natural resources of the Catskills, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions that overlay the Marcellus Shale formation, potentially the largest natural gas reservoir in America. That is why we write to request you to withdraw the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released on 9/30/09 by your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)."   ETC,,

518-474-8390 (o)

Between now and the end of the Paterson administration, we must hammer our lame-duck Governor and Governor-elect Cuomo to withdraw the woefully inadequate draft SGEIS.  DEC must start the process over again with a revised scope of work.  With any luck, that process would take a decade to complete.

Andrew Cuomo also must be pushed to fund the DEC adequately. 

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck must lean hard on Paterson, Cuomo and DEC to achieve those two goals.

Action Item #3

212-209-3314 (o) - Campaign

Action item #4
212-637-5000 (o)

Action Item #5
Acting-DEC Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz

Look at the new webtab NYS Toxic for additional information and rational for immediate action.  This is a link to the NRDC webpage...There are a lot of endangered places that need help....
If we want them to help us, then we should be willing to help them....

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