Call for a Moratorium on Frack Water Withdrawals—February 16, Harrisburg

From Gas Truth of Central PA (https://www.facebook.com/GasTruthOfCentralPA):

Join us at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SBRC)

February 16TH at 2 PM – The State Capitol in Harrisburg

On Thursday, Feb. 16, we will TESTIFY before the SRBC at the CAPITOL

The SRBC Meeting starts at 2:30 PM in Room 8 E-B in East Wing at the Capitol

We will meet at TWO PM in the CAPITOL ROTUNDA to ORGANIZE

MESSAGE TO THE SRBC: NO WATER FOR FRACKING FROM OUR RIVER

GAS TRUTH of Central PA, Clean Water Action, and other leading groups call for an IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON WATER WITHDRAWALS from the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is charged with being the steward of our Susquehanna. The SRBC has not served the interests of the people of the Susquehanna. But rather, they have followed the interests of the Oil & Gas Companies because they have not done the following:

  • Developed a Comprehensive Plan. The Commission must develop and launch a comprehensive plan based on sound science and the consideration of a range of impacts (e.g., on drinking water supplies, wildlife, and ecosystem health). As indicated in Article 14.1, a comprehensive plan must also consider the specific effects on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. SRBC should not issue more permits for water withdrawals or gas development-related projects until a comprehensive plan is completed.
  • Respected Joint Authority between the States. SRBC should delay final adoption of its proposed regulations and not issue any more permits for water withdrawals until the work of the Maryland moratorium commission and New York’s environmental review process are complete. On the basis of joint authority, the resulting assessment of gas impacts and the regulations necessary to prevent them will need to be integrated into, and be the primary basis for, the Commission’s framework for decisionmaking.
  • Increased Transparency and Opportunities for Public Participation. As a public agency whose members are appointed by State Governors (i.e., elected officials), SRBC must be responsive to the concerns of residents across the Basin. Doing so will ensure public confidence in the Commission’s commitment to its mandate and the sound management of public water resources.

The Commission can support this process and gain public confidence in a variety of ways, including:

  • Full Disclosure: Make more information available to the public on the SRBC’s website.
  • Bring the Public to the Table: Establish a Citizens Advisory Council.
  • No Back Door Deals: Allow the public to review and comment on the proposed revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the SRBC and the DEP.
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One Response to Call for a Moratorium on Frack Water Withdrawals—February 16, Harrisburg

  1. Barbara VanHorn says:

    Your only ethical option is to deny all applications for water withdrawal. Stop the destruction of Pennsylvania and its woodlands and waters while there is still a chance. A moratorium on fracking until it can be tightly regulated is imperative!

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