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Testify at December 8th Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting

December 2, 2010

NEWS ON THE HOME FRONT: The Delaware River Basin Commission meets on Wednesday, December 8th, 1:30 pm til 6 pm, at the firehouse in West Trenton, NJ.  We need members of the public to testify for a complete moratorium on all permits related to gas drilling in our watershed at least until a cumulative impact study is done.

The cumulative impact study should guide the rules — so the Commissioners should refuse to release any rules for unconventional gas drilling (or “fracking,” the popular term for high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling in unconventional formations such as the Marcellus Shale) in our watershed until that study is done!

We also need to push for at least 5 public meetings to debate the rules for fracking in our watershed.  The DRBC may release their new regulations any day, and have made reference to “at least one” public meeting.  But these rules impact 15 million people in four states; only one meeting to discuss them is completely unacceptable!

Please notify the DRBC of your intent to testify:  “Individuals who wish to comment…during the public dialogue portion of the meeting are asked to sign up in advance by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us or by phoning Ms. Schmitt at 609-883-9500 ext. 224.”

More DRBC information is here:  http://www.nj.gov/drbc/commeet.htm

Public comment will be accepted regardless of whether gas drilling is explicitly on the agenda; the rules may be released any day, so we need to be ready.

We will provide talking points, more background, and transportation information soon!  Please keep in mind that from Philadelphia, the West Trenton SEPTA commuter train takes you within two walkable blocks of the DRBC meeting.

Protecting Our Waters is grateful for every action you take!

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