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Week of Speaking Out - Press Conferences to submit signed petitions to DRBC

Week of Speaking Out - Press Conferences to submit signed petitions to DRBC
(Media Advisory link)
Monday July 24 - 11:00 am, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Million Dollar Staircase, NY Capitol Building, Albany, NY
Tuesday July 25 – 12:00 pm, Governor Chris Christie, Outside State House Annex, 125 W State St., Trenton, NJ 08608
Wednesday July 26 - 12:00 noon, Governor John Carney, Steps of Tatnall Building, 150 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd South, Dover, DE 19901
Thursday July 27 – 11:30 am, Governor Tom Wolf, State Capitol Building Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA
Friday July 28 – 11:00 am, Brigadier General Graham, Army Corps of Engineers, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390

Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) demanding a permanent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed over the past weeks. Organizations from each state are delivering the petitions to the voting members of the DRBC in a Week of Speaking Out July 24 through 28. 

Press Conferences to deliver the petitions to the Governors of the four states and the Army Corps of Engineers are occurring each day – you are welcome to join us as we submit them to those who will be ultimately voting on the public’s demand for a complete ban on gas drilling and fracking throughout the Watershed. 

There is an effort by industry to lift the current moratorium on gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed. There are signs that DRBC staff may be listening to their threats. As we face Washington’s attack on our essential environmental protections, the danger of exposing the Watershed to the devastation of fracking is all the more pressing considering that President Trump’s representative on the DRBC, the Army Corps of Engineers, holds 1 of the 5 votes that will decide the river’s future.

17 million people get their drinking water from the Delaware River Watershed, including New York City and Philadelphia. Our water is clean because of Special Protection Waters regulations that don’t allow degradation of this Wild and Scenic River. 

DRBC’s de-facto moratorium prohibits permits for drilling since 2010 to protect the Watershed; we know, and science proves, that regulations can’t make drilling safe and, like New York and Maryland, the only way to prevent pollution is a permanent ban. 
Since February, hundreds of people have been protesting at the DRBC meetings calling for a ban. We spoke loud and clear: Ban Fracking in the Delaware River Watershed! 

Now the petitions signed by tens of thousands of concerned people will be delivered to the doorsteps of DRBC’s voting members so their voices are heard. 
 

Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00 PM to Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 05:00 PM