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Residents of the Delaware River Basin and all who use Delaware River water (including NYC):

NOTICE: GAS DRILLERS ARE COMING TO YOUR COMMUNITY

The DRBC extended the period for public comment on this issue to April 15, 2011PLEASE make comment below!

Comments made electronically - links are below - must be received by midnight 4-15-11, and those submitted by letter must be received, NOT postmarked, by 4-15-11 (pre-written letters are available below, or write your own - DRBC address is at bottom of this page

The DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) is going to approve regulations that allow for drilling via a method known as fracking in residential communities and in the Watershed that services 15 million people. This site provides facts provided by key physicians, scientists, and lawyers regarding how these regulations will affect you, your children, your pets and animals, your air quality, your drinking water, and your overall environment. YOUR COMMENTS to the DRBC are critical to saving this region from destruction. Easy links to be able to make commentary to the DRBC about these issues are provided below. Please submit your commentsl!!

  

Please comment on as many issues or concerns as you wish. The DRBC has to hear all of them!

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Do you know that the drillers are going to be allowed to inject cancer-causing agents, brain toxins, and chemicals that mutate fetuses into the ground where the aquifer is - and that 80% of that is going to stay underground to threaten the water now and for generations to come?

Even deep water oil drillers are required to use non-toxic chemicals. Why should companies that are going to drill right in our communities in the area that is the source for our drinking water be required to do any less? If you want the DRBC to require that only non-toxic chemicals be used, click below to submit your comment

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR GET pre-written letter about this (just print, fill out bottom, and, using the address on the letter, send via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

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FACT: You, your family, and your pets (and wildlife) will be exposed every day to radioactive and brain-damaging poisons in the air.

It is fact, which neither side disputes, that air pollution with methane (which can asphyxiate humans), radon (RADIOACTIVE gas), and hydrogen sulfide (as toxic as hydrogen CYANIDE) will definitely occur in all communities being fracked - it is an unavoidable outcome from fracking.. Radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer in the world, and methane can cause asphyxiation and even death by replacing oxygen in the body. Hydrogen sulfide causes damage to the brain and other organs, and can cause dementia, ADHD-like symptoms, and even death. Unlike other US industries, natural gas drilling is exempt from the US Clean Air Act, so anything can be released into the air. The DRBC has failed to even address how these poisonous gases will be monitored, and how persons who lose their health will be cared for and remunerated for healthcare costs. If you want the DRBC to require that drillers be responsible for alerting residents of times when they will have to evacuate, responsible for temporary (or permanent) relocation costs during such evacuations, required to do regular air monitoring, and responsible for any and all air quality-related healthcare costs, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR GET pre-written letter about this (just print, fill out bottom, and, using the address on the letter, send via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

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Did you know that the drillers have the right to convert your community (including YOUR property) into an industrial site?

Right now, as the draft regulations are written, there is no limit on the number of drills that can be built in one area or built and operated at one time. There are currently 10,000 permit applications ready to move forward with drilling this spring and summer, with another 10,000 expected to be submited shortly. Some estimates have placed the expected final number of wells to be as much as 200, 000! - ALL of them in the Delaware River Basin. Your community can be turned into an industrial site (like the image at the top right of this page)- and you will have no say in the matter (since they now have the right to drill on state and federal public lands, including state parks, and have a history of using eminent domain to be able to use your private property to construct piping and roads to better serve their wells - even if you do not want it on your property). If you want the DRBC to place restrictions on the total number of wells that can be built per square mile and a restriction on the number than can be built over a specific period of time, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR GET pre-written letter about this (just print, fill out bottom, and, using the address on the letter, send via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

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FACT: State Parks and State Game Lands are going to be converted into industrial sites.

Gas drillers have the right to drill in public lands - lands owned by you and your neighbors. Although you own the land as a taxpayer, private interests are permitted to ruin it to make money for themselves, leaving a wasteland behind. If you want the DRBC to prohibit use of public lands for private gain, namely for gas drilling, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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FACT: The Drilling companies are going to have to take your land by eminent domain if you live in certain areas.

- because they need to built a network of pipes to and from water sources, as well as dirt roads to and from public roads. Just because you may not have signed off to sell your mineral rights does not mean you will not lose your land - how else do you think they will get the network of pipes and dirt roads built? If you want the DRBC to prohibit use of your land by emanant domain, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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FACT: Public roads will be destroyed, but the taxpayer must pick up the cost for repairs.

1380 truck trips, with oil-tanker sized trucks, must occur, on average for any one fracking event for any one well (and there are many fracking events per well). The wear and tear on roads is tremendous. Drillers are not required to pay for the costs of needed additional road repair since it is assumed that the taxpayer will foot the bill. If you want the DRBC to require the drillers to pay for the increased costs of road repairs so that you do not have to pay for it out of your own pocket, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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Did you know that most people living in fracking communities end up having to buy all their water - and those in affected cities are expected to have water shortages?

In some cases, there just is no more water - this is over and beyond any potential for water contamination. Up to 9 million gallons of water will be used for each fracking event at EACH well (and there are multiple fracking events per well, and 200,000 wells expected). Other communities have had streams dry up, water tables drop, and rivers fall - and end up not HAVING drinking water. People who live in Philadelphia or New York City are expected to encounter major city water shortages, driving the cost of water to levels too high for most to sustain. . There is no limit on how much water the drillers can pull from our watershed! We are trading our dependence on foreign oil for dependence on foreign water.. If you want the DRBC to place limits on how much water can be utilized by each well in each area over a specific period of time, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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FACT: If there is a spill, you are on your own - there is no emergency response plan in place

There is no requirement for the drillers to report a spill within a certain period time (they can wait days), and there is no emergency response plan in place to protect the citizens and the environment should a spill, leak, or explosion occur. If you want the DRBC to require the drillers to report all spills, leaks, and explosions within 10 minutes of the event, and if you want the DRBC to specify an exact emergency response plan if such a leak, spill, or explosion occurs (and want the driller to be financially responsible for execution of that emergency response), then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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Did you know that, unless your water color or odor changes, you will have no way of knowing if you are drinking chemicals that will cause cancer and damage your children's brains?

You cannot taste or smell or see most of the poisonous chemicals they are using if they get into your drinking water. Non-toxic tracers can be added to the drillers' fracking fluid (the water and toxic chemical mix they inject into the ground). If your water has been contaminated with the fracking fluid, the tracer will show up. Those non-toxic tracers can be tracked and tested for in the drinking water of all community members on a regular basis, so that we all know if our water has become undrinkable and so that we can save our own lives before it is too late. The drilling companies should also be financially responsible for that regular monitoring. If you want the DRBC to require the drillers to use non-toxic tracers in their fracking fluid, and you want the gas companies to pay for the regular monitoring of all community private well and public drinking waters, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

 

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Did you know that even gas company executives concede that drinking water contamination is inevitable?!

Fracking companies inject thousands of gallons of fluid into the ground in order to frack. They contend that we need not worry since most of the fluid injected is water (drawn from streams and rivers) and only a small percentage of it is toxic chemicals. However, given that each fracking event requires about 9 million gallons of water, a small percentage of that works out to a MINIMUM of 10,000 gallons of carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine (hormone) modulators, and fetal toxic agents into the ground for each and every SINGLE fracking event! Even gas company executives have conceded that water contamination is inevitable (please see the GASLAND video for one of many examples). In other words, fracking and safe drinking water are not compatible entities. There will be no safe drinking water where this practice is undertaken. Therefore, if you want to be able to drink your own well water (if rural) or keep water purification costs down and not risk having toxins slip by the treatment process (if on public water), then fracking cannot be allowed to occur in the Delaware River Basin. 15 million people rely on this watershed. If you want the DRBC to block fracking in the Delaware River Basin because of the inevitable risk of drinking water contamination, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

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Did you know that the number of earthquakes and the risk for serious earthquakes increases in areas being fracked?

The Delaware River Basin experiences occasional small earthquakes naturally. However, the high pressures driven suddenly into the ground via fracking are known to increase the likelihood for more earthquakes as well as to increase the chance of having more serious ones. To make matters even worse, the drilling rigs are not outfitted to be seismically resistant - any even moderate earthquake event could result in unrestrained release of millions of gallons of toxins into the earth. It could be like what is happening in Japan - except this would be an unrestrained spill of hundreds of different chemicals, along with some radioactive substances. Likewise, a number of scientists now fear that the massive bird kills that have been experienced recently (e.g., Arkansas several months ago) are the result of sudden releases of deadly "clouds" of methane, released by earthquakes generated by fracking [the theory is that the birds were in its path, died from asphyxiation, and dropped out of the trees to their death as they slept). In any case, clouds like this can also kill people. Of course, methane release occurs at high, dangerous levels anyway from fracking (see above). However, fracking-induced seismic activity can cause sudden release of "clouds" of it, causing death in its path. If you want the DRBC to block fracking in the Delaware River Basin because of the risk of increased seismic activity, and the problems that causes, or, to at least require that seismic-resistant rigs be built, then please click below to submit your comment:

ACCESS DRBC electronic public comment  OR write a letter using the DRBC address at the bottom of this page (via mail, Fed Ex, UPS, or hand delivery - it must be RECEIVED by 4-15-11)

WARNING: The DRBC's electronic portal only works transiently; if it does not work now, try later

 

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PRINT OFF THIS FACT-FILLED HANDOUT TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS Fracking Info Handout

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Please check back again - we are continually adding more information as scientists and physicians review the regulations and provide critical information for you.

Gasdrill.org is a public service organization dedicated to provide accurate, helpful information to the public about fracking and natural gas drilling; while our efforts are currently directed towards providing information to the residents of the Delaware River Basin of Pennsylvania, USA, the facts and figures provided are useful and relevant to any community world-wide facing similar intrusions by natural gas drilling operations.

While we are happy to have the expertise of scientists, physicians, and lawyers contributed on a voluntary basis to this project, your help is needed! Can you help spread the word to the people of the Delaware River Basin? Tell a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor. Invite them to visit this website. Most importantly, encourage them to write the DRBC or to make comment electronically (faxes and emails are not accepted by the DRBC). If you can help on a larger scale, please call us at 877-503-2587 or write us at support@gasdrill.org

 

Address of DRBC for public comments:

Commission Secretary, DRBC, PO Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360

 

Thank you to the photo sources: drill rig in forest-Wikipedia, cabot - riverkeeper.org, drink money - lh3.ggpht.com, dead cattle - 1.bp.blogspot.com, deer with tumors - sphotos.ak.flocdpr.net, dead zone - www.amrclearinghouse.org, tap water - hcn.org. Thank you to catskillscitizen.org (via YouTube) for the video Fracking in the Delaware River Basin.

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