February 21, 2018

Hinchey, Holt Urge DRBC to Suspend Hydrofracking Rulemaking Process

Maurice Hinchey Press Release

Lawmakers Cite Previously Undisclosed Diesel Fuel Risks Detailed in New House Energy and Commerce Committee Report

Washington, DC – Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12) today urged the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to suspend its current natural gas development rulemaking process following … Continue reading

Have Public Servants Charged with Protecting Drinking Water for 15 Million People Sold Out to the Gas Drilling Industry?

Nora Eisenberg, Alternet

Environmentalists are squaring off against the gas drilling industry, but the playing field does not appear to be level.

Over the past decade, 34 states have succumbed to the hazardous and largely unregulated hydraulic fracturing (widely known as “fracking”) of deep shale formations to extract natural gas. … Continue reading

DRBC hearing on some gas wells will be limited after groups withdraw

BY LAURA LEGERE, Scranton Times Tribune

Administrative hearings to address the status of exploratory shale gas wells in the Delaware River watershed have been narrowed in scope, and may be canceled, after a Wayne County property owners group and the gas companies that hold their leases withdrew from the proceedings.… Continue reading

Northeast Regulator Eases Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Curbs

By MIKE SORAGHAN of New York Times Greenwire

Regulators charged with protecting the watershed for New York City and the Philadelphia region today backed off from their toughest restrictions on Marcellus Shale drilling, but still proposed measures stricter than existing rules in nearby areas.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) … Continue reading

Commissioner Martin calls for safeguards on Marcellus shale gas-drilling to protect Delaware River

NJ DEP News Release

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reaffirmed the state’s position that clear and stringent standards must be put in place to protect the resources of the Delaware River before natural-gas drilling in a geologic formation known as Marcellus Shale is allowed to move ahead.… Continue reading

Beyond Fracking: Experts Challenge Safety of Exploratory Wells, Vertical Drilling

by Marie C. Baca, ProPublica

For more than two years, the natural gas drilling debate has focused primarily on the use of hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells. But expert testimony submitted for a government hearing next month challenges long-held assumptions about the safety of deep vertical drilling and exploratory wells, … Continue reading

Arbitrary and capricious

River Reporter Editorial

At the public comment portion of the UDC meeting on February 3, Barbara Arrindell of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) asked Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) representative Clarke Rupert whether the agency considers public comments on proposed rulemakings to be “just an annoyance,” or whether it actually … Continue reading

Philadelphia Seeks Ban on Gas Drilling Method

Philadelphia seeks ban on natgas-drilling method
By Jon Hurdle, Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:37pm EDT

(Reuters) – Philadelphia officials asked a state regulator on Thursday to ban the natural-gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing until its environmental effects, especially on drinking water, are studied.

The City Council urged the … Continue reading

Final Impact Assessment Report of Natural Gas Production in the New York City Water Supply Watershed

Hazen and Sawyer, Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Executive Summary

This report presents the results of an assessment performed by the New York City Department ofEnvironmental Protection (NYCDEP) and its consultants, the Joint Venture of Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., and Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc., evaluating potential impacts to the NYC … Continue reading

Gas Drilling Critics Welcome Move by U.S. Regulator

Gas drilling critics welcome move by U.S. regulator
By Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Fri May 29, 2009 4:07pm EDT

May 29 (Reuters) – Opponents of natural gas drilling in the U.S. northeast on Friday welcomed new restrictions by an interstate regulator requiring prior approval for any new projects in the Delaware … Continue reading