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Fracking Call to Action (CANCELED)

Fracking demonstration
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November 21, 2011
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive Trenton, N.J. map

CANCELED: News broke Nov. 17 that the hearing had been canceled, after the State of Delaware indicated it would vote against the proposed plan.

On November 21, Riverkeeper and our partner organizations will be out in force at the Delaware River Basin Commission(DRBC) meeting in Trenton, New Jersey to make our voices heard and take a stand against the DRBC changing its draft natural gas development regulations without an opportunity for public input, comment or testimony.

For over three years, environmental groups have been fighting to protect the Delaware River Watershed from pollution from toxic gas drilling; 69,800 people filed comments with the DRBC during the comment period on their draft natural gas development regulations, breaking all past records of public interest. In August, Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit along with other environmental groups seeking to stop the DRBC from moving ahead with these inadequate regulations without completing environmental studies required by federal law.

But now the DRBC has scheduled a special meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on November 21, 2011 (rally at 8:00 am) at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ to “consider adoption of the regulations,” which would lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin. This would allow fracking to begin in areas of the Basin where the state has given the go ahead (Pennsylvania currently allows fracking; New York will not allow fracking at least until the completion of its fracking environmental impact statement). The DRBC gas drilling regulations would pose a major threat to the New York City Watershed, as the Basin area currently provides 50 percent of the clean, unfiltered drinking water that nine million New Yorkers depend on daily.

Image courtesy Bennett V

If you want to make a statement about gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, join us on November 21 in Trenton at 8:00 am for the rally. This is our chance to stand together and insist on protecting our water!

The regulations were posted November 8th. You can find them here (PDF) (PDF).

DRBC is not offering a public comment period, which is one of the reasons we need you to make your voices are heard on November 21!

Information on directions, transportation and overnight accommodations, are available at

FRACKENSTEIN Flyer – Don’t Drill the Delaware

Please make your voices heard on November 21!


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