April 27, 2016 |
The proposed $1.2 billion PennEast Pipeline, which would deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas to New Jersey utilities, was dealt a setback Monday when a regional regulatory agency said it now wants to conduct an independent review of the project. The Delaware River Basin Commission, which last year requested a joint review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), said Monday that it would conduct its own set of public hearings about the 119-mile pipeline. The DRBC, consisting of the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware and a federal representative, has been under pressure from pipeline opponents to more rigorously review the project.
March 30, 2016
ISSUE | WATER QUALITY PennEast Pipeline would be safe A letter raised misguided concerns about PennEast Pipeline's application to the Delaware River Basin Commission for a water permit and alleged impacts on waterways ("Stop the pipeline," March 10). The pipeline will deliver low-cost, local natural gas to eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey families and businesses. The letter stated that PennEast "plans . . . to withdraw more than 45 million gallons of water. " This is a one-time withdrawal used to test the pipeline's integrity prior to its going into service.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | WATER QUALITY Stop the pipeline The PennEast Pipeline Co. has applied for a water permit from the Delaware River Basin Commission that would allow its destructive pipeline to run through the region. According to the application, the company plans to discharge or withdraw more than 45 million gallons of water. The 110-mile pipeline would cut through the Delaware River valley, beginning in Pennsylvania and crossing the river and 87 other waterways, including protected waters, into Hopewell Township, N.J. The application process could take up to a year, and, if rejected, the DRBC could help stop the pipeline.
December 11, 2015 |
The regional government agency responsible for protecting the Delaware River watershed approved a water company's plan to pump from a Chester County well at its meeting Wednesday after the commission addressed many concerns from residents. Residents and environmentalists worry that the water company's plan could dry up their personal wells and damage federally protected streams. Based on some of their suggestions, the Delaware River Basin Commission added safeguards to the plan. Artesian Resources Corp., a water company based in Delaware, has said its pumping will not harm the environment.
November 12, 2015 |
A regional agency tasked with protecting the Delaware River watershed has added more safeguards to a water company's plan to draw from a Chester County well after dozens of concerned residents and environmentalists raised objections in September. Still, local well owners are pushing for additional changes. Artesian Resources Corp. must have an expanded monitoring program to make sure its plan to pump 200,000 gallons of water per day from a well in New Garden Township does not damage residents' wells or the nearby federally protected White Clay Creek, according to the Delaware River Basin Commission.
September 28, 2015 |
As a young girl growing up in Wilmington, Trish Whetham dreamed of owning horses. In 2004, her dream came true. Now 59, Whetham runs Morningstar Stables, a sprawling compound in London Britain Township, Chester County, where she lives with her husband and where she says her two adult daughters learned strong work ethics. Like many of her neighbors in the county's rural southeastern corner - as well as 1.6 million around Philadelphia and South Jersey, and more than 13 million households throughout the country - she and her family use a well for water to drink, to cook, to wash.
April 23, 2014 |
First you see a roof covered with solar panels. Then the native plants, where the lawn used to be. In the driveway, not far from the canoe, is an electric Chevy Volt. This is Maya van Rossum's house. It's in Bryn Mawr, which is in the Darby Creek watershed. Which drains into the Delaware River. Which van Rossum has adopted as her personal - and professional - mission in life. For two decades as the Delaware riverkeeper, she has championed the 330-mile river and its tributaries, source of drinking water for 15 million people.
March 12, 2014 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission, the interstate agency that manages water resources in the Delaware watershed, on Monday named utility executive Steven J. Tambini as its next leader. Tambini, 54, the vice president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water, will take over the executive director position on Aug. 1, when Carol R. Collier, who has held the job for 15 years, is retiring. Tambini has over 30 years of experience in water supply engineering and water resource planning, management and operations.
March 12, 2014 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission has named a longtime water company official with connections on both sides of the river as its next executive director. Steven J. Tambini, 54, a civil and environmental engineer who lives in Medford, will take over the position on Aug. 1, the commission announced Monday. He will make $120,000 a year. He replaces Carol R. Collier, who is retiring after 15 years with the commission. Tambini has worked in water supply engineering and water resource planning and management for three decades.
September 14, 2013 |
Carol R. Collier, who for 15 years was the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, has announced that she will retire in March. In her announcement during Thursday's commission meeting at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, Collier said 15 years at the helm was "long enough for the good of the person and the position. " "It was totally my decision," she said later. "I have been thinking about this for a while. "Obviously, the last few years have been a little rougher and uncertain, but that is not what made me make the decision.