Call Delaware Governor Markell: Don’t Drill the Delaware
Friends, please call Gov. Markell now: (302) 744-4101. The fate of the Delaware River watershed hangs in the balance, just days before the November 21st vote which could allow high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling (HVHF, popularly known as “fracking”) to begin in a huge at-risk watershed which is a national treasure. A “NO” vote from Delaware Governor Markell is essential. If New York, Delaware, and the Obama Administration (represented by the Army Corps of Engineers) all vote “no fracking” and refuse to approve the new, terribly non-protective Delaware River Basin Commission rules, we win. Air-breathers and water-drinkers win; public health and science win; future generations who would have had to cope with the toxic mess win; sane energy and safe jobs win; the 99% win.
If you are already convinced we need to prevent fracking to protect air, water, land, health, and especially future generations, tell the governor one reason why. For a few fresh facts, check out the EPA’s report on groundwater contamination from fracking in Wyoming (November 13, 2011). Even more hot off the press is the Center for Disease Control’s report showing elevated levels in at least seven drinking water wells in Leroy Township, Bradford County, PA of gas drilling contaminants including arsenic, bromide, methane, hexane, many other substances and, in one water well, elevated radionuclides.
If you are still educating yourself on this issue and have time, use the Search feature on this blog (scroll down on the right and enter your Search term) to learn more, or listen to Sandra Steingraber’s brilliant keynote address. If you don’t have time to learn more, but believe it’s outrageous for a heavy industrial activity injecting 650 known or suspected human carcinogens to be allowed in a watershed where 5% of the U.S. population gets its drinking water, without so much as a cumulative impact study, call Governor Markell!
Call the governor this week because toxic chemicals bioaccumulate in fish, birds, the food chain and ecosystem as they move downstream, and Delaware is completely downstream from Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The new DRBC rules DO allow discharge of fracking waste into the surface waters of the Delaware River Basin, at the discretion of the Executive Director; and they DO allow huge, multimillion gallon “centralized impoundments,” also known as “fracking pits,” to hold the radioactive waste complete with fracking chemicals and volatile organic chemicals, along with toxic levels of salt, heavy metals, arsenic, barium, strontium and other dangerous contaminants from the shale layer. These plastic-lined impoundments foul the air and leak daily, putting all our waters at risk.
Wherever you are from, please urge Governor Markell to vote NO against fracking on November 21st. Call — if you like, fax — this week:
DELAWARE’S GOVERNOR – JACK MARKELL