February 20, 2018

Expert Reports Challenge DRBC on Wells Drilled Within Watershed

Delaware RiverKeeper Network (DRN), and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) were co-appellants in a Consolidated Administrative Hearing before a Delaware River Basin Commission [DRBC] Judge.

The following reports were submitted in this hearing and their sworn testimony will forever change the debate. These report have established a record for all to use.

Cover Letter to DRBC Regarding Expert Reports [PDF]:


List of Experts and Full Report [PDF files]:

1. Michele C. Adams: Adams-Report_R1.pdf

2. Ronald E. Bishop: Bishop-Report_R1.pdf

3. Peter M. Demicco: Demicco-Report_R1.pdf

4. Susan L. Harvey: Harvey-Report_R1.pdf

5. Glenn C. Miller: Miller-Report_R1.pdf

6. Emmet M. Owens: Owens-Report_R1.pdf

7. Paul A. Rubin: Rubin-Report_R1.pdf

8. Daniel T. Teitelbaum: Teitelbaum-Report_R1.pdf

List of DRBC Reports [PDF files]:

1. Robert M. Anderson: Anderson-Kreeger-DRBC-Report-112310.pdf

2. Patrick M. O’Dell: ODell-Report-DRBC-112310.pdf

3. Erik Silldorff: Silldorff-Report-DRBC-112310.pdf

4. Bernard W. Sweeney: Sweeney-Jackson-Report-DRBC-112310.pdf

5. Conrad Daniel Volz: Volz-Report-DRBC-112310.pdf

Pictured above are several photos of the wells now being drilled within the watershed.

Focus of the Experts:

Oil & Gas Industry … Drilling practices including well-construction policy and safety

Chemicals … Chemical makeup of flowback water, muds, etc. and how they move

Geology, Hydro-geology … Groundwater geologic impacts from drilling, pathways to aquifer/surface, watershed hydraulic analysis

Runoff … Stormwater and nonpoint source pollution, pollution of surface water bodies, river and stream impacts

Biochemistry … Water, air, wildlife, and health impacts

Oil & Gas Industry … Business aspects and practices

Our Goal in this Hearing is to Address our Objection to DRBC Decisions…

Excluding certain wells within the Delaware Basin and Watershed Region from DRBC review of exploratory wells.

The Hearing will Address the Validity of Actions by the DRBC Regarding…

Decision to NOT REVIEW ALL WELLS within Watershed Basin – including so-called “test wells.”

The Hearing will begin January 19, 2011, before Hearing Officer
Edward N. Cahn, a retired U.S. District Court Judge appointed by DRBC.

Delaware RiverKeeper Network (DRN), Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) have each paid $4,895 to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) for a hearing to stop the wells now being drilled in the watershed region.

That’s a total of $13,794 paid by ordinary people. And that’s just the beginning of the financial burden we must all bear to protect our community.

The hearing will take place at the Court House in Easton, PA. Judge Cahn will make a report and recommendation to DRBC as to the validity of DRBC’s decisions outlined above.

Both DRN and DCS seek to support DRBC’s regulation of exploratory wells and to overturn DRBC’s exemption of certain state-permitted wells which are proceeding without DRBC supervision as allowed “exploratory wells.”

These “exploratory” gas wells are essentially vertical gas wells going through the Marcellus layer into the Onondaga layer, which in this area is just below the Marcellus. In the drilling undisclosed chemicals are used, there is potential for spills of these chemicals and fuels; there is truck traffic and de-forestation, drill cutting pits, wastewater, etc. These wells are not going to be hydraulically fractured in this phase of activity. They will have to obtain separate permits for fracturing after the DRBC regulations are formulated and adopted. This has not happened yet.


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Photographer …Ted Waddell