The Delaware River Watershed, covering parts of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, is a source of drinking water for 15 million people. Unfortunately, these waterways are being threatened by natural gas drilling. It is the perfect recipe for disaster.
Without knowing the long term impacts on our drinking water and the environment, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has issued draft natural gas drilling regulations with little time or opportunity for people to voice their concerns about this threat.
These standards, set by the DRBC, will set the stage for how gas extraction is conducted in the Delaware River Basin and set the bar for other parts of the country facing the same issue. We need to ensure that these standards are as strong as can be so that our drinking water is safe.
Tell the DRBC that a rushed standard that puts our drinking water at risk is unacceptable. A handful of public hearings and a short comment period is not enough to make decisions about drilling that will impact our waterways and drinking water for generations.
Public health and environmental safeguards should be the DRBC's first priority, and more time is needed to thoroughly evaluate any proposed drilling guidelines.
Sierra Club, Natural Gas Campaign
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