Delaware River Basic Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Requests from Stone Energy

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing in Matamoras, PA on two applications from Stone Energy Company. The first application is a request to withdraw 700,000 gallons of water a day from the West Branch of the Lackawaxen River in Mount Pleasant Township, Wayne County, PA. The water would be used by Stone Energy in Marcellus drilling activities.

The second application is for Stone Energy to use hydraulic fracturing in a gas well already drilled (in 2008). The gas well is located in Clinton Township, Wayne County. If approved, this is the would be the first Marcellus drilling activity in the Delaware River Basin.

Environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper Network is planning to take 50 of its members to the hearing to speak against the applications. Although Stone Energy only plans to draw water from the Lackawaxen, and the resulting wastewater would be treated at approved facilities, the Riverkeepers believe any drilling activity in the region would be dangerous.

For more information, see:

Pike County Courier (Feb 22)
UPDATE: Basin commission hearing for gas drilling water withdrawal permit (Feb 22)
Get on the bus, says Delaware Riverkeeper

Delaware River Basin Commission – Notice of Public Hearing
Stone Energy Corporation Proposed Surface Water Withdrawal and Natural Gas Well Site