DRBC Uses MA Company for Water Testing, Anticipates Fracking

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has prevented, through inaction, any Marcellus Shale drilling in its jurisdictional area (the Delaware River Basin in NY, PA and NJ). In particular, shale drilling would no doubt immediately take off in Wayne and Pike counties in PA should the DRBC allow it. There’s hope that with DRBC’s new director, Steve Tambini, perhaps a change will occur to allow drilling. Even though the DRBC has not allowed drilling, that doesn’t mean they’ve been totally inactive. Over the past three years, the DRBC has used a private Massachusetts company to measure baseline water quality in rivers in anticipation that fracking will one day happen in the Basin. The DRBC wants baseline numbers to compare with post-fracking numbers–to ensure nothing has changed (or if it has changed, as evidence). We think baseline testing is a great idea, and we also think it’s great that the DRBC anticipates allowing fracking–at some point…

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