Delaware Riverkeeper and Natural Resources Defense Council DRBC Comments
The Draft Drilling Regulations
The Delaware River‘s waters are protected under the terms of the Delaware River Compact and the Delaware River Basin Commission‘s Special Protection Waters Program. As such, the DRBC is legally obligated to enact regulations that ensure that no harm is done to the Special Protection Waters of the Delaware River. The Draft Regulations, if promulgated in their current form, will fail to meet this obligation.
Delaware Riverkeeper Comments on DRBC Draft Regulations
Ap[ril 8, 2011 prepared by Michele C. Adams, Meliora Environmental Design
Delaware Riverkeeper Letter to the DRBC re: proposed regulations
April 15, 2011 These comments conclude that the Draft Rules do not provide the necessary means for the Commission to fulfill its legal mandate to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin during the construction, operation, and decommissioning of natural gas development projects.
Natural Gas Drilling in the Delaware River Basin
A background document from the Delaware River Basin Commission
Comments on DRBC Regulations
Prepared by Demicco & Associates Ground Water Resource Expertise for Delaware Riverkeeper April 14, 2011
DRBC Consolidated Admin Hearing on Grandfathered Exploration Wells
Daniel Thau Teitelbaum, M.D., PC, for Delaware Riverkeeper Nov. 19, 2010
DRBC Regulations Comments
Glenn C. Miller, Ph.D. Consulting Environmental Chemist April 11, 2011 for Delaware Riverkeeper
Ecological Review of the DRBC Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations
Report by Piotr Parasiewicz, Ph.D. for Delaware Riverkeeper
Mgmt of Waste Fluids Comparison of NYS and DRBC Regulations
Dr. Ronald E. Biship, Ph.D, CHO for the Delaware Riverkeeper April, 2011
Recommendations to Improve DRBC Regulations
Harvey Consulting (Oil & Gas, Environmental, Regulatory Compliance, and Training) for Delaware Riverkeeper April 7, 2011
Report on DRBC Regulations
Paul A. Rubin, HydroQuest April 9, 2011 for Delaware Riverkeeper
Review and Comments on DRBC Regulations of 12/9/2010
Tom Daniels, Ph.D. April 5, 2011 Prepared for Riverkeeper Network
Upper Delaware Council Comments on Draft DRBC Regs
Comments submitted March 3, 2011
Delaware River Basin Map
Delaware River Basin Map
Map of the 12,000 square mile basin.
Report for the Delaware River Basin Commission on Natural Gas Regulations
Dec 9, 2010 to Delaware Riverkeeper Network by Paul A. Rubin
Map of the Delaware River Basin
Map of the Delaware River Basin showing the Special Protection Waters and the Marcellus Shale.
The Delaware River Basin Compact
The 1961 compact Between signed by federal government and four states the establishes a plan for allocating and protecting the water resources of the basin.
The River Management Plan
The 1986 Plan that sets the rules for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Corridor.
DRBC’s Regulatory Implications of Natural Gas Exploration/Production in the Marcellus Shale Formation in the Delaware River Basin
Presentation by William J. Muszynski P.E. & Gregory J. Cavallo P.G., July 16, 2008
Delaware River Basin Flow Corrections
Petition to Upgrade the Upper and Middle Delaware River Watershed to Exceptional Value
Delaware Riverkeeper Dec 9, 2011 Petition to PA DEP
Excercise Project Review Over All Natural Gas Wells
National Parks Superintendent Sean McGuiness calls on the DRBC to exercise jurisdiction over test wells. May 26, 2010
NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection–Resolution to authorize Council to file an amicaus brief
Brief in support of NYS Attorney General’s position that the court should enjoin the DRBC from issuing regulations until it prepares environemental impact statement. January 31, 2012.
State of NY v US Army Corps of Engineers, et al–Resolution allowing Council of NYC to file amicus
Brief in support of the NYS Attorney General’s position that the court should enjoin the DRBC from issuing regulations until it prepares a draft environment impact statement.
The Need for Scientific Studies
A letter from the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service
The Stone Energy Water Withdrawal Docket
“Natural gas development has the potential to significantly degrade the natural habitat and water quality of teh Delaware River Basin.” Sent to the DRBC on June 25, 2010.
Hinchey Calls on Delaware River Basin Commission to Conduct Cumulative Impact Study
Hinchey Calls on Delaware River Basin Commission to Conduct Cumulative Impact Study Before Allowing Natural Gas Extraction Water Withdrawals. April 29, 2010
Congressman Hinchey’s letter to ACE General DeLuca
Congressman Maurice Hinchey questions the misguided vote by the Army Core of Engineers to permit drilling in the Deaware River Basin without first conducting a cumulative impact study. September 30, 2010
Army Corps emerges as rogue agency on gas drilling.
A Riverkeeper press release assails the ACE. October 4, 2010
Halt on Hydro Drilling Regualtions until Completion of Scientific Studies
The Philadelphia City Council calls on the DRBC to put the “horse of sceince before the cart of policy. October 14, 2010.
Catskill Citizens Letter to Chief of Engineers General Van Antwerp
“Despite the obvious inherent dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing, the lack of
satisfactory solutions to problems such as wastewater disposal, the dearth of
fundamental scientific data, the lack of a cumulative impact study and the urgent
appeals of the citizens of New York City and Philadelphia, the Army Corps of Engineers,
as well as several other directors of the DRBC, seem prepared to permit drilling in the
Delaware Basin.” November 10, 2010.
New York City Mayor Michael Blomberg’s letter to the DRBC
“Any decisions must be based on scientific reviews”. NOvember 17, 2010.