December 2, 2017




New draft regs prohibit hydrofracking in Delaware River basin

WEST TRENTON, NJ – The Delaware River Basin Commission revised draft amendments to its regulations and comprehensive plan, which prohibit high volume hydraulic fracturing in hydrocarbon bearing rock formations in the Delaware River Basin.

The rules reinforce commission policies to discourage importation of wastewater and exportation of water, and include rules to address the inter-basin transfer of water and wastewater related to hydraulic fracturing.

The rules also include provisions for ensuring that the treatment and disposal of produced water from hydraulic fracturing does not impair or conflict with the preservation of the waters of the basin for uses in accordance with the DRBC comprehensive plan.

Public hearings on the proposals will be held on January 23 in Waymart, Pennsylvania and on January 25 in Philadelphia.

The DRBC was created by Congress in the 1960s to oversee the quality of the entire Delaware River system.  The five parties are the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and the federal government.


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