Public Comment DRBC draft regulations on fracking in the Delaware River watershed Feb 11, 2011 from Poune Saberi
“It is distressing to think that in only a few months, I will be drinking water that has microscopic remnants of what has caused fish in other bodies of water to have complete sex change. I am of course referring to endocrine disrupting compounds that have caused male smallmouth bass in Potomac river to have eggs in their gonads. It is becoming more and more established that organic chemical compounds are endocrine disrupting and our persistent exposure to them do not follow the classic dose-response relationships. Mixtures of compounds affect physiology in unpredictable ways, and small amounts can have catastrophic effects.
I implore the the DRBC, to uphold the moratorium on gas drilling in the delaware river basin until we know more about the flow of fracking chemicals in ground water and how they can be treated in waste management sites. I implore the DRBC to extend the public comment period so that we Philadelphians can educate ourselves on how our downstream water will be affected. To be aware of science and yet turn a blind eye is unethical. I implore the DRBC to protect our health.”