The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is taking comments on their proposed new rules governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Fortunately for Pike County, which lies entirely within the watershed, the commission plans to continue the ban on fracking. Also, rule improvements are planned to protect the watershed from indiscriminate disposal of fracking wastewater.
Hearings are planned to gather public input with two sessions scheduled for January 23rd in Waymart. Registration is required to attend. Full details on the hearings, and the draft rules are available for review on the DRBC's website.
DRBC's press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Peter Eschbach, Peter.Eschbach@drbc.nj.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 208
Clarke Rupert, Clarke.Rupert@drbc.nj.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 260
Kate Schmidt, Kate.Schmidt@drbc.nj.gov, (
DRBC PUBLISHES REVISED DRAFT REGULATIONS ADDRESSING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WITHIN THE DELAWARE RIVER BASIN
Four Public Hearings Scheduled; Written Comments to be Accepted Through Online System
WEST TRENTON, N..J. (Nov. 30) -- The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today posted on its web site revised draft amendments to its regulations and comprehensive plan to better provide for the planning, conservation, utilization, development, management and control of the basin’s water resources in connection with the hydraulic fracturing of shale and other hydrocarbon bearing formations.
The revised draft rules prohibit high volume hydraulic fracturing in hydrocarbon bearing rock formations within the Delaware River Basin. They reinforce commission policies to discourage importation of wastewater and exportation of water, and include rules to address the inter-basin transfer of water and wastewater related to hydraulic fracturing. The draft rules also include provisions for ensuring that the treatment and disposal of produced water from hydraulic fracturing does not impair or conflict with the preservation of the waters of the basin for uses in accordance with the DRBC comprehensive plan.
The full text of the draft rules, related materials, and information on the public input procedures can be viewed on the commission’s web site here.
The public hearings will take place as follows:
Jan. 23, 2018, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ladore Camp, Retreat and Conference Center’s Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Pavilion, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart, Pa. Register to attend at: http://bit.ly/2ApxOB1
Jan. 23, 2018, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ladore Camp, Retreat and Conference Center’s Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Pavilion, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart, Pa. Register to attend at: http://bit.ly/2AgHtsV
Registration to attend a public hearing is required. Advanced registration will remain open until 5 p.m., Dec. 31, 2017. Shortly after that date, those who have registered to attend will be afforded an opportunity to request speaking time. Elected government officials and their staff will have the opportunity to identify themselves when registering.
The commission also invites written comment on the draft regulations. Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral comments, and may be submitted until 5 p.m., Feb. 28, 2018. Written comments and attachments should be submitted through the commission’s online comments webpage at http://dockets.drbc.
The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 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.
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Please note: This news release can be viewed at http://www.nj.gov/drbc/home/