MEDIA ADVISORY: RECORD-BREAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS: “DON’T DRILL THE DELAWARE”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, 215 369 1188 x 102 (cell and office)
Doug O’Malley, Environment New Jersey: (917) 449-6812
Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters: (215) 840-6489
Groups to deliver record-breaking number of public comments, support maintaining drilling moratorium
Groups, citizens urge DRBC to Prevent hydrofracking in Delaware River watershed
WHAT: Community, environmental and conservation organizations will hold a press conference to deliver a record-breaking number of comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) the day before the close of their public comment period on proposed regulations that would allow gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed.
WHEN: Thursday, April 14th, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Outside the entrance to Delaware River Basin Commission Offices, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Map and Directions Here
WHO: Speakers will include representatives from PennEnvironment, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Food and Water Watch, Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, NYH2O, Environment New Jersey, Protecting our Waters, and United for Action. Many more groups representing residents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware will be in attendance.
BACKGROUND: The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a multi-state government agency whose mandate is to protect the Delaware River and its watershed, has proposed new regulations that would allow hydrofracking to commence in the river basin. April 15th marks the end of the Commission’s 120-day public comment period. A coalition of environmental and conservation groups will be presenting public comments to the DRBC, urging the Commission to maintain the existing moratorium on drilling in the watershed and protect public health and the environment in the region.
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