Latest On DRBC Fracking Rules

The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that controls water quality in the Delaware River watershed, will be adopting new rules governing water use for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the watershed. Fracking uses millions of gallons of water, much of which will be adulterated and is then useless for other purposes. It often cannot be returned to the environment and, therefore, must be contained in ponds for years.

Here is the most recent information regarding the upcoming hearings regarding the DRBC's new rules for those that may wish to attend or offer comment at the hearings. Note that pre-registration is required to attend the meetings.

Good Afternoon,

This email is to remind those who wish to be eligible to request a speaking time at one of DRBC’s four public hearings on the proposed rulemaking regarding hydraulic fracturing activities that they should register online to attend a hearing by 5 p.m. on December 31, 2017.  Persons who have registered to attend by Dec. 31 will be contacted by DRBC prior to the hearing dates and provided with an opportunity to request speaking time.

Additionally, the DRBC has added several procedural clarifications to the online Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing.

Please visit for complete information on the proposed rulemaking, including online registration details.

Thank you and happy holidays.


Kate Schmidt