PennFuture Statement: We Must Continue to Protect the Delaware

Proposal is fraught with factual inaccuracies and misleading policy

Oct. 31, 2017 (Waymart, Pa.) – PennFuture rejects the one-sided premise of today’s House Policy Committee hearing, led by State Rep. Jonathan Fritz, aiming to stop the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) from barring natural gas extraction projects within the Delaware River watershed. 

PennFuture rejects these efforts because the Delaware River basin is a crucial ecological region and source of water for millions of Pennsylvanians. Natural gas fracking is simply not safe enough or properly regulated to preserve and protect this key natural resource. 

PennFuture will continue its work in the community and beyond to protect the river and ensure that fracking does not occur. The basis of this hearing is best summarized in Rep. Fritz’s House Resolution 515, which urges the DRBC to suspend consideration of a moratorium on gas drilling in the basin.

“House Resolution 515 is based not on facts and the law, but is rather an attempt to divide our communities in Northeast PA,” said PennFuture’s President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo.  “The Delaware River provides thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefits from river recreation and clean drinking water supplies.  PennFuture supports the DRBC’s authority to protect this important water resource in Pennsylvania.  This hearing did not intend to seek input from all constituents but rather served as a one-sided attempt to favor the gas industry over the ecological harm its activities would have.”

Earlier this month, PennFuture sent a letter to House Representatives outlining the problems with HR 515, including the basic fact that the DRBC is the steward for the river and has the authority to regulate projects that could impair the water quality of the Delaware River.  

“PennFuture supports a ban on natural resource extraction activities in the absence of strong rules to protect environmental interests,” Bonomo said. “For too long, Pennsylvania’s environment has come at the expense of industry profits.  Now is the time for informed and scientifically-supported regulations.”

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.

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