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 Posted December 10,2010


N E W S    R E L E A S E    

DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive
West Trenton, NJ 08628

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

CONTACTS: Clarke Rupert, (609) 883-9500 x260
Kate O'Hara, (609) 883-9500 x205

DRBC PUBLISHES DRAFT NATURAL GAS REGULATIONS
90-Day Written Comment Period Scheduled

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Dec. 9) – Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol R. Collier today announced that draft natural gas development regulations are now available for public review on the Commission’s web site, www.drbc.net.

The purpose of the proposed regulations is to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin during the construction and operation of natural gas development projects.  The draft regulations establish requirements to prevent, reduce or mitigate depletion and degradation of surface and groundwater resources and to promote sound practices of watershed management.

Three public hearings will be scheduled during the 90-day comment period to receive oral testimony on the proposed rulemaking.  Details will be released as soon as the dates and locations have been confirmed.

Written comments will be accepted through the close of business March 16, 2011 by two methods only:
1)    Electronic submission using a web-based form available on the DRBC web site (preferred method); or
2)    Paper submission mailed or delivered to: Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.  Please include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter.  Paper submissions also will be accepted at the three public hearings.

Due to the expected volume, comments that are faxed, telephoned, or emailed to individual DRBC Commissioners and staff will not be accepted for the rulemaking record.

All written comments submitted via the two methods described above that are received prior to 5 p.m. on March 16, 2011 along with oral testimony presented at the hearings will become a part of the rulemaking record and be considered by the Commissioners prior to any action on the proposed regulations.  Such action will be taken at a duly noticed public meeting of the Commission at a future date.

The Commission thanks the National Park Service for allowing the use of its Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) online system to facilitate the electronic submission of written comments on this proposed rulemaking.

The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin.  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.

Additional information, including a fact sheet and the text of the proposed regulations, can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.drbc.net.

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Katharine O'Hara
Communications Assistant
Delaware River Basin Commission
P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360

Phone: (609) 883-9500 ext. 205
Fax: (609) 883-9522

www.drbc.net


Posted November 17, 2010:

Please Read this!

It is Very Important to prepare for, submit your comments and if possible, personally attend these meetings  Please review the DRBC webtab for additional details...


The DRBC is the legal guardian of the Water in the Delaware River Watershed and therefore the quality of life of over 17 million rest in the hands of the 6 members..

Please read More.......

Hearing Set to Shut Down Well Drilling in Watershed JANUARY 19 - JANUARY 26, 2011 Delaware RiverKeeper Network (DRN), Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) and Nockamixon Township are co-appellants in Consolidated Administrative Hearings Hearing before the Delaware River Basin Commission. 

http://www.damascuscitizens.org/DRBC-HEARING.html 

Posted  October 15, 2010 on the DRBC website:         http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/naturalgas.htm

“The draft natural gas regulations are not yet ready for public distribution. The commissioners are working with staff to continue refining the draft regulations to ensure protection of basin waters while minimizing regulatory duplication. The draft regulations will likely be published in November or December 2010, and will be accompanied by a public rulemaking process. This process will entail two public hearings and a written comment period”

 It is critical that we all keep up the pressure to prevent the draft natural gas regulations from being issued BEFORE the cumulative impact assessment has been completed. This federal funded comprehensive study must be done FIRST and then the information learned used to inform the regulations that the DRBC will adopt regarding gas development in the Delaware River Watershed.  This is essential to reach the required goal of prevention of pollution and degradation to the Delaware River and the water supply for more than 15 million people. Please go here NOW to send a letter:http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/act-now/urgent-details.aspx?Id=52

November 12th, 2010

https://secure2.convio.net/penn/site/Advocacy?page=ActionAlertTakenPage&id=628


Sandra Steingraber’s series of columns in Orion magazine on the notorious practice of hydrofracturing for natural gas (“fracking”) is a must read. Now, Orion

will host a live conversation on this topic with the biologist and author on October 27th, and you’re invited to join in.

A resident of upstate New York, Sandra has recently witnessed a “gas rush” in her region. As in neighboring states, companies are preparing to frack for gas in underlying rock formations—in this case, the Marcellus Shale. The mining technique creates high volumes of clean-burning, low-carbon fuel, but often at the expense of water tables and human health, because of its heavy reliance on toxic chemicals.

This ironic and bitter trade-off spurred her to turn her PhD in biology, her world-class understanding of the effect of toxics on the body, and her poet’s pen to the topic, and the result is one of the best treatments of the issue seen in print or online. If you haven’t yet, take ten minutes to read her first two columns on fracking and leave your thoughts in the discussion section: Shale Game and The Whole Fracking Enchilada.

And please join us to hear her latest thoughts on the topic and ask her your own questions on October 27th at 2 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. Pacific.

Call in using this number:

712-432-1000 (usual long distance charges apply)
Enter conference code 581688569#

If that first number is busy due to too many callers, try the secondary line:

712-432-1001
Enter conference code 452001681#

We look forward to hearing from you. Send your questions for Sandra in advance to ehoffner@orionmagazine.org.

Marcellus Protest
November 3, 2010
March - begins at Noon
Rally - at 1:30
Pittsburgh, PA
Information: marcellusprotest.org
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