August 27, 2018

Environmentalists call for full fracking ban in Delaware River Basin

Protestors on the Barryville-Shohola Bridge

BARRYVILLE NY – Members of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and Natural Resources Defense Council rallied Sunday on the Barryville Bridge that connects Barryville, New York with Shohola Township, Pennsylvania, calling for a ban on fracking and frack waste in the Delaware River Basin.

Last November the Delaware River Basin Commission issued draft regulations banning the act of fracking, but still allowed for related activities in the watershed, including importation and disposal of wastewater, and the extraction of water for use in fracking elsewhere.

Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network said they want to send a message to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban all fracking-related activities.

“It doesn’t make any sense to ban fracking and allow the pollution of fracking from fracked wastewater to ruin our water supplies anyway,” she said. Carluccio was critical of Cuomo’s ban on fracking while at the same time fracked Pennsylvania gas is being allowed to be piped in to power a new electric generating plant in Orange County NY.

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