New Jersey Newsroom: More time needed to study impact of gas drilling in the Delaware River Watershed
Maya van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper.
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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issued draft natural gas rules for the Delaware River Basin last Thursday and the public will have until March 16 to comment on the proposals. A public comment period of 90 days will close 5:00 p.m. on March 16. Three public hearings are expected to be held in February with the dates and locations to be announced.
The public is deeply concerned about this issue. For the DRBC to offer a brief 90 day comment period on these complex proposed regulations that will require highly technical analysis and science-based review, is an insult. There is deep interest in the impacts of gas drilling in the watershed and people want to submit substantive comments that will take time to develop. This is simply not enough time to do that. We need at least 120 days but, in reality, a year is more like it.