Commission Bans Fracking In Delaware River Basin

Originally published by NEXUS MEDIA NEWS

The Delaware River Basin Commission, citing threats to drinking water for 13 million people, voted to ban fracking in the 13,500-square mile region on Thursday. Representatives of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania voted unanimously to approve the measure, which makes permanent a 2010 moratorium imposed by the commission, while an official representing the Biden administration abstained. The commission cited “significant immediate and long-term risks” from gas extraction, saying in a resolution that drillers have “adversely impacted surface-water and groundwater resources, including sources of drinking water, and have harmed aquatic life in some regions.” The ban includes two Pennsylvania counties that sit atop the Marcellus shale formation. A coalition of environmental and civic groups hailed the vote as an “EPIC BATTLE! HISTORIC WIN!” (APE&E $, Pocono RecordPhiladelphia InquirerNJ.comThe Hill)

Featured image: schematic of fracking (hydrofracturing) operation (US DOE via NETL).

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