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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Delaware River Basin Commission meeting date changed

November 21, 2011 is Don’t Drill the Delaware Day in the Delaware River Watershed! 



For over 3 years, we have all been fighting to protect the Delaware River Watershed from pollution from toxic gas drilling; 69,800 people filed comments with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) during the comment period on their draft natural gas development regulations, breaking all past records of public interest. 

Law suits have been filed to attempt to stop the DRBC from moving ahead with these inadequate regulations without the needed environmental studies to base those rules on. Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a plaintiff with others; we’re working for an injunction. The New York Attorney General’s office filed to force the Army Corps, the federal representative to the DRBC, to follow federal environmental law.

But now the DRBC has scheduled a special meeting from 10:00am - 12:00pm on November 21, 2011 at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ to “consider adoption of the regulations”, which would lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Watershed and allow drilling and fracking to start. 

Please Join Us & Bring along your Neighbors and Friends!  

The Delaware River Basin Commission has CHANGED the date for their meeting where they will vote on gas drilling in the Delaware River Watershed to November 21, 2011. 

We NEED you to tell the DRBC: “Don’t Drill the Delaware!” 

CALL to ACTION November 21
DRBC will meet 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
JOIN US at 7:30 a.m. on the steps!
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton, N.J.

If you want to take a stand about gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, if you’ve ever written a letter, attended a meeting, rallied or protested, and want to make sure it mattered, if you had to pick one thing you could do that would really be heard, come stand with us on November 21 in Trenton. This is our chance to stand together and insist on protecting our water! 

The members of the DRBC - the Governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and the Army Corps of Engineers as the federal representative - will decide the future of this Watershed, the Wild and Scenic Delaware River, and the water supply for over 15 million people with their action on November 21, where a vote will be taken on the draft rules.  Astoundingly, there will be NO public hearing at this decisive moment in the Delaware’s history; yet we must be there to protest.

How can they allow drilling and fracking to start with weak regulations that don’t protect our drinking water and our watersheds? We need to tell them “Don’t Drill the Delaware!”

Look for actions and details leading up to 11/21 on our website: for details go to: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/about/event.aspx?Id=160

Lawn Signs that say “Don’t Drill the Delaware” on one side and “Don’t Be Frackin’ Crazy” on the other side, black on yellow, are available at the DRN office or at upcoming DRN tabling events. Call for more information 215 – 369 -1188

Two actions we ask you to please take now:

  1. To send a letter to the DRBC members to tell them to OPPOSE the adoption of any gas rules at this time and keep the drilling moratorium in place in the Delaware River Basin go to http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/act-now/urgent-details.aspx?Id=93 
  2. Go to the Petition and sign it; share the petition site every way you can: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-keep-drilling-and-fracking-out-of-the-delaware-basin

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