April 5, 2011
TO: Carol Collier and the Commissioners, Delaware River Basin Commission
Dear Ms Collier and Honorable Commissioners:
I am writing to request that you reconsider your draft regulations regarding the so –called “natural” gas industry drilling and dumping waste water into the Delaware River watershed. The job of the Delaware River Basin Commission is to look for the interests of all parties, not just greedy energy companies.
Look at the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Look at what’s happening right now at that nuclear reactor in Japan. These disasters happened, one could say, right on schedule -- as warned by environmental activists who care about the concerns of humanity at large. The waste water from hydro fracturing wells in the Marcellus Shale will be no different. In the end it will be an unmitigated disaster for the general public.
Are you really going to continue to believe energy executives when they say that pumping billions of gallons of contaminated water into the Delaware River won’t affect the drinking water of some 15 million people? Are you really willing to have poison drinking water on your conscience?
Just because some billionaire gets all avuncular and goes on TV and some bimbo actress struts through a sound stage in bought and paid for advertising, it doesn’t mean anything these people are saying is true. Billionaires got to be billionaires by putting their personal wealth accumulation ahead of the concerns of anyone else anywhere.
To allow the gas industry to use any water from our river, to allow these greedy creeps to destroy our wild and scenic river and pollute our drinking water supplies, is the height of insanity. This isn’t about jobs. It isn’t about energy for everyone. It’s about an elite few who will do anything to increase their piles at the expense of every one else. These elite few live by the creed “Burn it and we will profit.”
Compare that idea to the quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes at the top of your own webpage:
"A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure."
Do something for the regular folks for a change. Please don’t let the rich steal our river!