PHILADELPHIA – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. This action comes after a multi-year public input process. Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, voted on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf to approve this proposal.
PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur issued the following statement:
“This is a watershed moment for protecting one of America’s most iconic watersheds. Fracking shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, much less near an iconic natural waterway like the Delaware River, which provides drinking water for so many.
“The data is conclusive: From cradle to grave, fracking puts the health of our planet and our communities at risk. By banning this toxic practice in such a vital and beloved watershed, regional leaders are taking strong action to protect millions of people.
“Over the last decade, one thing has become crystal clear -- the fracking industry is either unable or unwilling to comply with basic, common sense environmental safeguards.They chronically pollute, put our environment and health at risk, and even break the law.
“When the DRBC unveiled their proposal, tens of thousands of people spoke up in support of a fracking ban. We thank the DRBC for listening to Pennsylvanians who know what is best for the commonwealth’s people and natural spaces.”
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