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We Won! DRBC Cancels Monday’s Meeting

November 18, 2011

Protecting Our Waters’ director Iris Marie Bloom is on her way to State College for Marcellus Protest 2011. She sends this critical update from the road:

In a stunning victory for all of us who value public health, the Delaware River Basin Commission has cancelled (or indefinitely postponed) their public meeting, planned for the 1,800 seat Patriots Theater in the War Memorial in Trenton on Monday morning. Apparently the DRBC does not like to have their regulations voted down. Governor Markell of Delaware publicly announced he would vote against the proposed regulations, in the interest of science, public health and the environment. We are thrilled that some elected officials are listening to the outcry against high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling (fracking)!

Never has there been a more reasonable outcry. We know we can’t live without clean air, clean water and clean food; we know our grandchildren may need this gas, but we don’t need it. We need to lead our nation away from fossil fuels altogether, and fast. The cancellation of the DRBC meeting is a turning of the wheel of the nation away from that insanity. We are taking the helm. We are going sane.

The huge coalition we put together, including labor, students, community groups, businesses, environmentalists, scientists, physicians and public health advocates has put persistent pressure, in all the right places, with one great voice uniting against devastating our land, poisoning our water, and sickening our people for the sake of short-term profits. We are proud to be among this powerful ocean of voices for sane energy policy, for conservation, for beauty and wholeness, for health and vitality, undermining the cold corporate greed and arrogance which took for granted they could poison us here too. No they can’t!

NOTE: The nonviolence trainings planned for Sunday evening in Trenton and NYC are STILL ON! A press conference, rally, and likely a well-designed and high-spirited program including training, learning, and empowering organizing is expected to be offered in Trenton, on Monday. Stay tuned for more details.    –Iris

  1. kay kin permalink
    November 18, 2011 4:49 pm

    the word ‘victory’ may be short lived, but for now … feel the power you thought you didn’t have and would never feel again. we DID do it. together. take that feeling and match it with your new passion. right the wrongs. light the dark. win the fight. stare into the face of all that is worng with this country and make them BLINK.

  2. Alexander Binik permalink
    November 18, 2011 7:52 pm

    Now that the vote has been temporarily postponed, it’s time to consolidate that partial victory. I’ve sent an email to Obama’s re-election campaign letting them know that– unless the Army Corps of Engineers rep votes to completely ban fracking (incl. test wells) in the Delaware River watershed–I will not support the campaign in ANY way & will also urge everyone I know to do the same. Consider yourself doing this same thing, and spread this sugestion virally to everyone you know. Thanks!


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