Wayne Landowners Will “Fight Like Never Before” to Stop DRBC Ban

Landowners in Wayne (and Pike) counties in northeastern Pennsylvania are not going to stand by and allow their property rights to be stripped away from them. Two weeks ago the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which has had an ongoing, “temporary” ban on fracking within the Delaware River Basin since 2010, voted to begin the process of implementing a permanent ban (see Governors from PA-NY-DE Vote to Ban Fracking in Dela. River Basin). That has folks like Wayne County dairy farmer Brian Smith hopping mad. He said if the DRBC bans fracking, “people will fight for their property rights like they’ve never fought before.” DRBC spokesman Clarke Rupert is asking the public to “not prejudge the proposed rules,” which is a joke. What he means is, “Lay down and let us kill your property rights, and don’t say anything while we do it.” Landowners in NEPA are not about to let that happen. Good for them…

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