There’s No Replacin’ A River Basin

It’s Time To Save The Delaware River From Fracking, For Good

Food & Water Watch wants you to know that the Special Protection Waters of the Delaware River Basin are more endangered than ever.

For the past two years, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has upheld a moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin due to massive public outcry. But right now, Carol Collier is calling for a strategy around gas drilling in the basin before she retires as executive director in March. Join us by telling President Obama and the governors of NY, NJ, DE and PA that the only strategy we support is a ban on fracking!

Gas drillers want in. They want to produce and transport, and to frack, baby, frack. DRBC’s Collier has indicated that she intends bring a new drilling “strategy” to a vote before departing her post. It may be her idea of a legacy, though I certainly wouldn’t want all those undisclosed chemicals on my conscience.

President Obama – the man who campaigned on a pledge for a sustainable energy future yet now favors the term “energy independence” – may well deliver the deciding vote on the DRBC via the federal Army Corps of Engineers. Conscience, per se, probably won’t factor much into that decision.

As ever, the only way to protect the Delaware River Basin from the massive impacts of shale gas industrialization is with massive pubic outcry.

Permanent Protection 

Start by adding your name to the the growing list of Americans who oppose expanding our dependence on fossil fuels, along with any plans to allow shale gas drilling the Delaware River Basin. Sign the Food and Water Watch letter addressed to President Obama and the governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, Protect the Delaware River Basin With a Ban on Fracking

Let legislators know that the only long-term strategy for protecting the Delaware River Basin is a permanent ban on fracking.  

The Delaware River Basin is an irreplaceable watershed that should not be handed over to an industry known for leaving a trail of toxic pollution and marred landscapes in its wake… Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.”  ~ Jim Walsh, Mid-Atlantic Director, Food And Water Watch.

Last Watershed In Marcellus

Nowhere will the impacts of shale gas drilling be greater felt than in the Delaware River Basin, which encompasses eastern Pennsylvania, southern New York, New Jersey and Delaware:

  • Large scale water withdrawals, competing with famers and tourism for local water supplies
  • Copious toxic, radioactive frack waste produced with no good disposal options.
  • Thousands of leaks, spills and accidents have already polluted drinking water supplies in the US
  • Methane from leaks and flaring is a potent greenhouse gas. Concentrated methane gas is highly explosive.
  • Volatile fossil fuels have dangerous infrastructure. Natural gas blasts and pipeline explosions have increased with usage.
  • Industrial shale gas drilling brings untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services

Source: Food and Water Watch.

Hey Governor Cuomo, Don’t Pass Gas

Everyday, more science emerges supporting the notion that fracking our precious watersheds is a bad idea. According to Kate Sinding in New Scientific Evidence on Fracking’s Risks Shows Cuomo Should Stand Firm on Moratorium on the NRDC Switchboard Blog, November 1, 2013:

  • Evidence linking water contamination to fracking-related activities has increased. New evidence from across the country – in Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky and elsewhere – is increasingly showing that fracking-related drilling, spills and accidents have conclusively resulted in drinking and surface water contamination.
  • The disposal of fracking wastewater has been causally linked to earthquakes. From Ohio to Oklahoma – and with the new prospect of fracking in California on the horizon – the risk of earthquakes from the disposal of fracking wastewater through deep well injection is raising alarm bells.
  • Air quality impacts from fracking-related activities are clearer than ever. They include evidence of unsafe levels of pollutants such as ozone, benzene, and silica dust – pollutants that are linked to costly, disabling health problems.
  • The economic benefits of the fracking boom have been challenged as being over-hyped and short-lived. As the industry has overproduced its own product, driving the price of natural gas down to historic lows, companies have been forced to shut in operations in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.


Subject: Protect the Delaware River Basin With a Ban on Fracking

Dear Delaware River Basin Commission Voting Member:

The Delaware River is a treasure that should be celebrated by all, not fracked by the oil and gas industry. I was surprised to learn that the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission is calling for a strategy on drilling in this critical watershed before she leaves her post in March.

The only strategy we should accept for drilling in the Delaware River Basin is one that bans fracking. The process of fracking uses millions of gallons of water mixed with hundreds of toxic chemicals such as benzene, toluene, diesel and formaldehyde, to name a few. Allowing fracking in the Delaware River Basin jeopardizes the drinking water supply for more than 15 million people by exposing them to carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting and potentially radioactive chemicals from fracking. Leaks, spills, accidents, increased incidence of severe weather events and lack of federal regulations make water contamination inevitable. 

Fracking poses unacceptable and permanent risks to drinking water resources, air quality and public health — not to mention recreation and tourism opportunities. The health of the watershed and the communities that depend on it for drinking water need you to protect it from an industry that is known for leaving a legacy of pollution and contamination in its wake.


Click the link below to sign the Food and Water Watch letter. You can edit and personalize the content — send your email today!;jsessionid=53E6A8666DD3368C7B9065482DF76F00.app333a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=966&autologin=true

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