Fracking Regulation in the Delaware River Basin!
For the last decade, there has been discussion of the need to regulate fracking activity in the Delaware River watershed to preserve the quality of the water supply for 15 million people in the region. In line with LWVUS positions supporting policies to protect the environment, the Leagues of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have called for a comprehensive ban on all fracking-related activities within the watershed, most recently testifying on the importance of such protections in 2018. In spite of overwhelming public support for protecting the watershed, no permanent safeguards have been instituted by the regional regulatory authority, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy called upon DRBC to impose a full ban on all fracking-related activity within the basin, including the importation and processing of toxics-laden fracking wastewater. Governor Wolf has yet to indicate whether or not he will support this comprehensive ban although he has previously indicated support for regulation of the gas industry’s activities by DRBC. We believe Governor Wolf should join Governor Murphy in supporting a total ban on fracking-related activities in the region.
Please contact governor Wolf asking him to support a complete ban on all fracking industry activities in the Delaware watershed, just as Governor Murphy has pledged to do.
For Governor Wolf's contact information, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/
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Dear Governor Wolf,
In the past, you have welcomed the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposal to regulate fracking industry activity in the Delaware watershed in order to safeguard our natural resources and water supply. Now, we urge you to join New Jersey Governor Murphy in support of a new rule on fracking that would clearly ban all fracking activities within the watershed. This must include fracking itself; the export of water from the basin for use in fracking elsewhere; the importation of fracking wastewater; the processing, storage, or discharge of fracking waster or wastewater; and other fracking-related action such as, but not limited to, the use of wastewater brine loaded with toxics and radioactivity for deicing roadways.
At stake is our ability to protect the region’s natural environment, ecotourism industry, and the quality of the drinking water used by more than 15 million people.
Thank you for your past support of DRBC’s draft regulations. We now urge you to advocate for even stricter rules so that we may protect this critical watershed and the health of our citizens.
Sincerely,[Your Name Here]
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