January 26, 2006
RE THE RECENT letter "Make N.J. pay in dredging dispute": Great, the writer agrees with Gov. Rendell that he should shut down the PATCO high-speed rail line and the bridges in order to force us into submission. Very, very neighborly of you. Maybe you can extend an even more neighborly gesture by agreeing to have some of that sludge dumped in YOUR backyard. Just so you know, and living way out there in Harrisburg you might not, but Pennsylvanians use those bridges and that train as well.
July 10, 2006
DEAR GOV. Corzine: I represent a substantial portion of the area along the Delaware River, including Tioga Marine Terminal. I believe as you do that our ports are crucial to the economic futures of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I urge you to help break the deadlock over the Delaware River dredging issue. Dredging to 45 feet will allow ports to accommodate larger ships and compete with ports in other sections of the United States. Failure to dredge will force companies to move to other ports.
January 28, 1999 |
Plans for dredging a deeper shipping channel in the Delaware River - touted as a key to a competitive Philadelphia port - are under fire from environmentalists, who yesterday called the $300 million project a waste of money and "environmental roulette. " "This project is going to contaminate our water with toxins like mercury, lead and PCBs. It's going to threaten our drinking water," said Maya K. van Rossum, of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, at a rally near City Hall. "Dredge No More, Army Corps," chanted 15 members of the Alliance to Dump the Delaware Deepening Project outside the Wanamaker Building headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers.
January 30, 2006
IN HIS LETTER responding to my stance on the dredging issue, Rick Bauer forgets to mention that Pennsylvania has agreed to take 75 percent of the sludge from the project. That is more than a fair amount for a project that would benefit both sides of the river. The last time I checked, both states have ports. While accusing me of being "unneighborly," he fails to take into consideration that New Jersey reneged on a promise to Pennsylvania. Apparently he thinks that Pennsylvania should just accept the inexcusable conduct of the Garden State.
October 1, 1999 |
Pay dirt. That's the type of dirt this region will see when the dredging of the Delaware River main channel to 45 feet is completed. Each day, the Delaware River provides ships laden with myriad products access to the region's front doors. With a deeper channel and the use of economies of scale, ships will be able to carry more cargo on the Delaware. Businesses and consumers will have access to additional products resulting in added business and prosperity for the region. But, as evidenced by your editorial (Sept.
October 3, 2009 |
In what could be another blow to the long-delayed deepening of the Delaware River, U.S. House and Senate budget negotiators have restricted an annual federal appropriation for the project, seen as a boon to the region's economy and ports. But Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) and Pennsylvania port officials said yesterday that the measure would not block the dredging from the current 40 feet to 45 feet once the Army Corps of Engineers decides to begin. The appropriations bill still must be approved by the full House and Senate.
August 13, 1999 |
W. Russell G. Byers (column, July 27) was correct to state that dredging the Delaware River was potentially a "fabulous idea. " From the standpoint of the benefits it will bring to residents, communities and businesses, there are not three problems, there is only one: Byers' belief that this project might be a fabulous idea. A 45-foot main channel will be a boon to businesses and residents alike. The business perspective is simple to grasp. A deeper channel means more cargo can be carried on one ship.
April 16, 2010 |
Federal agents seized boxes and documents this week from two Hazleton area companies with contracts to transport dredge material from a Navy pier on the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. Authorities, including agents from the FBI's Scranton office, raided offices of Fort Mifflin Reclamation Associates Inc. in Kingston near Wilkes Barre, and Hazleton Creek Properties L.L.C., Hazleton, on Tuesday. Fort Mifflin Reclamation won a $21 million contract in 2006 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to haul 500,000 cubic yards of sediment to Hazleton as fill for abandoned mines, said Corps spokeswoman Sarah Rivette.
January 11, 1989 |
Here is a tale of coincidence and miscommunication that cost the township of Mount Holly money and aggravation. Last year, Mount Holly officials noted that the water in the Rancocas Creek, as it runs through the county seat, was no longer actually flowing but slowly choking through a waterway obstructed with a tenacious garble of muck, natural detritus, rusted shopping carts and automobile tires. In December 1987, the council decided to use $150,000 of a $300,000 Small Cities Grant - available through the Community Development Block Grant administered by the state for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - to dredge an "unsightly" half-mile stretch of the Rancocas Creek.
March 24, 2006
RE YOUR RECENT editorial on the Delaware River dredging proposal: The only childish behavior is on the part of Gov. Rendell. He is holding the tollpayers' money hostage until New Jersey agrees to an incomplete plan to dredge (most of the toll-paying public comes from New Jersey). There is no evidence that dredging will cause a significant increase in business. Should there be an increase, chances are that it would benefit the record-profit-making oil companies. Why don't they pay for it?