Gas Drilling Vote Cancelled

From the Delaware River Keeper web site (See my "Save the Delaware" blog for background info):


//www.delawareriverkeeper.org/

Gas Drilling Vote Cancelled


Delaware Governor to Vote No


Trenton, NJ: The November 21, 2011 vote to be held at the Trenton War Memorial by the Delaware

River Basin Commission has been cancelled according to sources. The vote was to seek approval of

regulations that would have allowed shale gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin by the beginning of

2012. The last minute cancellation is the second time this vote has been put off. And this time is believed

to be in response to an announcement by the Governor of Delaware that he would vote against the

regulatory/drilling proposal.

Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum praised Governor Markell. "Governor Markell has

listened to the will of the people, to the science and to the tremendous environmental and community harm

being caused by gas drilling where it is happening. The issue of shale gas drilling has finally moved out of

the political arena and is now being treated as an issue of genuine public policy concern," said Delaware

Riverkeeper van Rossum.

"The residents of this region stood firm and demanded protection from the ravages of gas drilling;

forcing the politicians to listen or risk their political ambitions," van Rossum added.

While official announcement of the cancelled meeting has not yet been provided by the DRBC, the

Delaware Riverkeeper Network confirmed this evening the availability of the Trenton War Memorial venue,

considering it for their own uses, confirming its source information that the meeting has in fact been

cancelled.

"This is a big win for our communities," said Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of the Delaware

Riverkeeper Network. "For the past month citizens have been writing letters, sending emails, and leaving

phone messages for their elected officials — while at first they didn't want to hear us, enough people reached

out that they have been forced to."

"This is a big win for the River and the region" concluded van Rossum, "Now we just need to put

the nail in the coffin and make sure gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed stays down and out of our

basin."

To those who say the Marcellus fight is impossible--Remember, every battle counts!  Make sure those in power hear your voice. 

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