September 11, 2014 |
An environmental group has asked the Delaware River Basin Commission to take jurisdiction over the proposed $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline project, which would cross the river in Durham Township, Bucks County. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Tuesday petitioned the DRBC to review the project, which the PennEast Pipeline Co. has announced, but not yet filed for permits. The environmental group says the commission should review the project because it can potentially harm the watershed.
February 8, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett's proposed budget for 2014-15 would drastically cut funding for the Delaware River Basin Commission, which, despite his urging, has kept in place a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in the basin. Democratic gubernatorial contender John Hanger, a former environmental protection secretary, called the cut "naked retaliation for the DRBC's continuing moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware watershed. " He urged the Assembly to not cut the funding. The governor's energy executive, Patrick Henderson, disagreed, saying it was because other DRBC members have not been paying their share.
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.
July 12, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - It's been a case of dueling letters. Proponents and opponents of natural gas drilling - six in all - have recently written appeals to the Delaware River Basin Commission, increasing pressure on the agency that three years ago instituted a moratorium on natural gas development in the basin. Until rules are adopted, there can be no drilling. At its Wednesday meeting here, commission chair Michele Siekerka, New Jersey's assistant commissioner of water resources, responded: "We continue to confer in good faith and with forward momentum.
June 30, 2013 |
Gov. Corbett has sent a strongly worded letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission, urging it to end a three-year moratorium on natural gas drilling in the basin by adopting drilling regulations. He said he wanted "to convey a profound sense of frustration and disappointment on behalf of my constituents due to the inaction of the commission. " Regulations would open Pennsylvania's 13 eastern counties - notably those in the northeast, atop the Marcellus Shale - to drilling.
March 7, 2013 |
More than 70 shouting protesters disrupted Wednesday's meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission, refusing to be quiet or sit during the business session. Eventually, after a brief recess greeted by cries of "Shame! Shame!" from the audience, the commissioners decided to move up a public comment session that had been scheduled for the end of the meeting. Advocates, including the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and more than 50 other environmental groups, have asked the commission to broaden its oversight of natural-gas pipeline projects.
February 3, 2013 |
In a reversal of a decision, the Delaware River Basin Commission will review two natural-gas-pipeline projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Both projects have been completed, but in a letter to an environmental group that asked for the review, commission executive director Carol R. Collier said their sponsors would need to apply for permits. "I am directing my staff to undertake reviews of these projects after the fact," she wrote Jan. 30 to Maya van Rossum, head of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
September 13, 2012 |
Ten months after canceling a vote on natural gas regulations that would have allowed drilling in the Delaware River watershed, a commission with oversight of water issues in the region remained largely mum on what will happen next. On Wednesday, at its fourth meeting since that canceled vote, none of the five members - representing Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and the federal government - on the Delaware River Basin Commission offered comment on the matter. Asked for an update after the meeting, commission chair Kelly Jean Heffner, deputy secretary for water management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said only that "we believe we've completed our technical discussion.
July 12, 2012 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission can't seem to get away from issues involving natural gas. At its meeting Wednesday, the interstate agency that oversees water issues in the river basin unanimously approved water withdrawals totaling nearly six million gallons for a major interstate pipeline project that would involve tunneling under the Delaware River. It also approved the discharge of water used to pressure-test the pipeline. Opponents, which included residents of Northeast Pennsylvania plus several environmental groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, argued against the project, saying that granting permission was premature and that the provisions for protecting the environment were inadequate.