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Delaware River Basin Fracking Ban Proposed

At 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 30, the DRBC posted draft natural gas regulations, as required by a resolution passed by the Commissioners (the Governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware and the Army Corps of Engineers) at their public meeting in September.

The public has been advocating for the adoption of a full and permanent ban on natural gas drilling and fracking and all related activities (including wastewater processing and discharges from and water withdrawals for drilling and fracking operations) throughout the Delaware River Watershed in a concerted public campaign.

The proposed ban is testimony to the impact that people and communities can have when pursuing the protections needed to provide clean drinking water, healthy communities and habitats and when insisting no compromises be allowed regarding the quality and durability of those protections for present and for future generations. The campaign to ban fracking in the watershed is not complete, however, until all its related activities are banned so the campaign will fully participate in the DRBC’s public participation process to achieve the goal of a full and unequivocal ban.

See the draft rules at

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