DRBC postpones ‘fracking’ decision

TRENTON – The long-awaited decision on whether the Delaware River Basin Commission will approve the natural gas development regulations – the hydraulic fracturing process – will wait a little longer.

DRBC posted a notice this morning that its vote, scheduled for Monday at the War Memorial in Trenton, has been postponed “to allow additional time for review by the five commission members.’’

Environmentalists had been criticizing the proposal, and lack of sufficient public review had been a complaint.

The Commission has oversight of more than 13,000 square miles in four states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware – and the drinking water of 15 million people.

Many believe Gov. Christie holds the deciding vote on the issue, with some believing that Pennsylvania and the Army Corps of Engineers are in favor of lifting the moratorium on such drilling, and New York and Delaware opposed.

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Enviros ask Christie for deciding vote on Delaware River ‘fracking’ ban


DRBC postpones ‘fracking’ decision