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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Governor Corbett Disappointed by Cancelation of Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting

Governor Corbett Disappointed by Cancelation of Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett expressed his disappointment in the decision to cancel the Nov. 21 meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission, or DRBC.

The cancelation came after members of the DRBC failed to agree on a final regulatory package to oversee the responsible development of natural gas within the Delaware River basin.

"Pennsylvania is ready to move forward now," Corbett said. "The final regulatory package would ensure that natural gas is developed in a manner that protects our water resources and holds operators to the highest standards in the nation. It is the result of a nearly two-year regulatory process, which has previously been delayed to allow sufficient time to address remaining issues raised by members of the DRBC.

"Pennsylvania's citizens have been extraordinarily patient. We have demonstrated a willingness to compromise and to address issues brought forth by other members of the commission," Corbett said. "We have worked with our commission partners in good faith, and it is disappointing to not have these efforts reciprocated."

Corbett noted that the regulatory requirements of the DRBC would be in addition to those already required by Pennsylvania state law. These state standards include stringent requirements governing the location, construction and operation of natural gas wells; water use and wastewater treatment requirements; and vigorous permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts.

"Today's delay – driven more by politics than sound science – is a decision to put off the creation of much-needed jobs, to put off securing our energy independence, and to infringe upon the property rights of thousands of Pennsylvanians," Corbett said.


Anonymous said...

Mad. Why? Now that the state controls the enviroment.

Anonymous said...

The state doesn't control the environment. Some cockamamie group of states control our land use. The DRBC has extended its power to confiscate our land without remuneration and without representation. We do not vote for the DRBC. They have sovereign rule, and are swayed by pressures from persons who do not even live in our river basin. These city actor/film maker hypocrites use the energy, and pay for it to be drilled, but don't want anything to change by their pathetic little homes. Instead, they vacationwant all the residents of the basin to continue in pastoral poverty so they enjoy watching them in their natural habitat.