DRBC HEARS US AND CANCELS VOTE TO OPEN UP THE DELAWARE RIVER BASIN TO GAS DRILLING
The DRBC cancelled its meeting on November 21 where it was going to vote on opening up the Delaware River Basin to gas drilling. While all the facts are not yet in, it looks as if they cancelled because they just didn’t have the votes to approve. The DRBC is made up of representatives of 4 states – NY, NJ, PA and DE, plus a federal representative. They need 3 out of 5 votes to pass any measure. Prior to the meeting we knew that NY was planning to vote NO, and the day before the meeting Governor Markell of DE said that he was planning to vote against it.
THIS IS A HUGE WIN FOR THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO PROTECT OUR WATER, AIR, LAND AND HEALTH FROM FRACKING
Clearly the action that thousands of you took impacted this decision. We’ve won this battle, but we still need to win the war. There will be a rally and activist training workshops this Sunday and Monday in Trenton. Visit the Delaware Riverkeeper Network site for more information.
WE NEED YOU TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE AT THE COMING NEW YORK DEC HEARINGS
We have a great start. According to the Wall Street Journal, at the Binghamton DSGEIS hearing yesterday our nearly 1000 anti-gas activists outnumbered the pro gassers by 4 to 1. At the Dansville hearing anti-gas activists outnumbered the gassers by the same margin. It’s important that we carry this momentum into the 2 last hearings on the permit conditions that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing to govern fracking in all of New York State.
IMPORTANT: If you plan to attend and/or testify click here for a summary of the major flaws in the dSGEIS to help you prepare.
If there is any way that you can get to either or both of these, please join us. We’ve seen what our combined actions can accomplish. Please help us to move ahead.
To let Governor Cuomo know that we don’t want fracking to ruin our health and our environment, please join our “DON’T FRACK FRIDAYS” call campaign. Please call the Governor’s office, (518) 474-8390, EVERY Friday to let him know that you don’t want fracking in New York State. Forward this message to your friends, family and neighbors and ask them to forward it on. Get educated, especially about the health issues and threats.
The Catskill Mountainkeeper website is here as a resource for you, please use it.
We are up against the richest and most influential industry in the world. Catskill Mountainkeeper and our allies have surprised many critics by being so effective to date. But it continues to be a long, hard fight and we need your financial assistance to continue. Please give as generously as you can.
About Catskill Mountainkeeper
Catskill Mountainkeeper is an independent, not for profit, 501c3 community based environmental advocacy organization, dedicated to creating a flourishing sustainable economy in the Catskills and preserving and protecting the area's long term health. We address issues of water integrity for the Delaware and Susquehanna River Systems, the defense of the vast woodlands that encompass the Catskill Forest Preserve and the New York City Watershed as well as farmland protection. We promote "smart" development that balances the economic needs and concerns of the Catskill regions' citizens and the protection of our abundant but exceedingly vulnerable natural resources.