River of Doubt: Ex-Water Exec Appointed New DRBC Chief

What’s it gonna be, Steven Tambini?

As former Vice President of Operations at Pennsylvania American Water, who also previously served on the board of trustees for the American Water Works Association and the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin, the National Association of Water Companies – Pennsylvania Section, Steven (don’t forget the Rancocas Conservancy) Tambini seems like the ultimate water industry insider. Just sayin.

Mr. Tambini’s work on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides of the Delaware River has allowed him to develop and build relationships with regulators and stakeholders throughout the basin,” states the Delaware River Basin Commission press release.

Somebody ought to ask Mr. Tambini to define exactly who those “stakeholders” are. I want to have faith, really, but Tambini’s resume is pretty thin on conservation, and darn heavy on extending private water industry interests. One can’t help but worry that he will be inclined to keep on carrying water for the water industry.

What will the commission’s next decision be? Will it pursue a vote on an inadequate set of unconventional gas drilling regulations, which rely entirely upon the individual member states’ ability to oversee? Or will it honor its own mission, stand as a champion for the precious, highly productive watershed of 15.6 million people, and ban fracking permanently? We shall have to wait and see.

Basin commission names new executive director, Sandy Bauers, Inquirer via Phillydotcom, March 10, 2014

Water utility executive tapped to lead Delaware River Basin CommissionKatie Colaneri, StateImpactPA, March 10, 2014

Medford resident to lead Delaware River Basin CommissionDavid Levinsky, Bucks County Courier Times, March 10, 2014

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