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Deadline for Comments Regarding the DRBC Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issued draft natural gas regulations on November 30 that are open for public comment through 5:00pm, March 30, 2018. See the draft rules here.

Go here for some suggested Talking Points about their proposed ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing throughout the Delaware River Basin and the draft fracking regulations.

The following is from DRBC’s website:

Written Comments:

  • REVISED! Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on March 30, 2018 (please note that this is an extension from the previously announced date);
  • Written comments should be submitted - along with any attachments - through the Commission’s online comments webpage at;
  • All attachments submitted with written comments should be provided in searchable formats, preferably in .pdf searchable text. Notably, a "picture scan" of a document may not result in searchable text;
  • Nondigitized voluminous materials such as books, journals or collected letters/petitions will not be accepted. Digital submissions of these, as well as articles and websites must be accompanied by a statement containing citations to the specific findings or conclusions the commenter wishes to reference. Email, fax, postal or hand delivery are not acceptable means of submitting materials; and
  • Requests for exceptions to submitting comments via the web-based system may be addressed to: Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628

Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral comments.

Substance of Comments:
The Commission expressly seeks comment on the effects the proposed rules may have within the basin on: water availability, the control and abatement of water pollution, economic development, the conservation and protection of drinking water supplies, the conservation and protection of aquatic life, the conservation and protection of water quality in Special Protection Waters, and the protection, maintenance, and improvement of water quantity and quality basinwide. Comment is also requested on whether use of base fluids other than water for HVHF is practical within the Basin and if so, how it should be addressed in these rules, and on any alternatives to the proposed rules that the commenters would like the Commission to consider, as well as on draft guidance published simultaneously with the rules for determining background concentrations of certain pollutants. The Commission welcomes and will consider any other comments that concern the potential effects of the draft rules on the conservation, utilization, development, management, and control of the water and related resources of the Delaware River Basin. Comments on matters not within this scope may not be considered.

The public is encouraged to download and read the Complete Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing (pdf 514 KB) for more information.

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 05:00 PM