DRBC Public Input on Draft Regulations

Date: 
January 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
Sponsor: 
Delaware River Basin Commission
Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia Airport
4509 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
United States

DRBC will receive public comment on its proposed regulations for "Natural Gas Development Activities."

Speakers must register in advance (see below).

Two sessions are scheduled for January 25, and there are different sign-up lists for each session:

Background:

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is a regional body which oversees the management of the Delaware River watershed. The five-member commission consists of the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and (representing the Federal government) the Division Engineer of the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.

Since 2011, there has been a de facto ban on fracking within the Delaware River basin, while DRBC considered a new regulatory framework. A draft of the proposed regulations is now available for public comment.

In essence, the draft regulations would prohibit drilling within the basin, but would allow water withdrawals and waste water disposal related to fracking operations. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is among the organizations calling for a permanent and ban on fracking and all fracking-related activity. On the other side, some landowners have brought suit against DRBC, claiming that they are improperly being denied the benefit of drilling royalties. The industry-sponsored Marcellus Shale Coalition is also lobbying against even the restrictions in the draft.

Other organizations who are encouraging public comments to DRBC include:

The Delaware Riverkeeper has prepared a list of talking points for those who are willing to submit comments.