March 6 Join us to Tell the DRBC — Fracked Gas Pipelines, Compressors, Water Withdrawals and Waste Mandate Their Attention, Not Their Abdication
One high level official referred to citizen letters that have been flooding in for one pipeline as “spam” — join us to make sure they understand that citizen voices and input is not “spam”, it should be the fundamental basis of concern for every decision they make.
And Join us to Make Sure That This Time Around Our Community Is Heard, Through Testimony, BEFORE the DRBC votes.
December 5th, 2012, the Delaware River Basin Commission Commissioners, without any opportunity for advance written comment, without any public hearing, and without even giving any notice that it was on their meeting agenda, voted to deny all requests to consider their jurisdiction over pipelines, except to revisit consideration of two — the TGP 300 Line and the 1278 Columbia line which had already been completed. What did they find when they did that review? On January 30, 2013 they sent the Delaware Riverkeeper Network a letter and memo and said they had been wrong in denying all previous requests to look at these two projects and promised to look at them now, after-the-fact when the only options are to attempt to undo the harm done rather than avoid it altogether.
By the time we come to March 6 the DRBC will have before it nearly 1,000 requests from a rising tide of citizens and organizations to once again consider the pipeline issue — this time it will be a request to revisit their decisions on the TGP NEUP pipeline, a part of the 300 line, as well as the Commonwealth Pipeline and over a dozen other pipelines known and unknown that will be slicing through our communities and watershed. This time they cannot be allowed to vote without hearing from the people.
Please join us March 6 and plan to speak out, and stand in solidarity with others, to urge the DRBC Commissioners to this time get it right before the damage is done when it comes to pipelines.
(Note, the DRBC will be having a hearing on March 5th for the projects and items listed on their formal docket agenda which can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/meetings/upcoming/index.html , but that day will not address the drilling/fracking infrastructure that is cutting down upon us now and in the months to come. So we need you March 6.)
The truth is that the chainsaws have already begin on the TGP NEUP, cutting down mature forest that cannot be replaced. But there is still much to be said, reviewed and accomplished on that project as well as all others soon to follow. And there are many efforts still underway to urge DRBC to act now before all the forest is cut down for a pipeline that still does not have a wetlands permit: vigils, watch-dogging, calls/emails to DRBC and Corps to act, pipeline tours, and civil disobedience.
We need you to stand with us and send a message to the DRBC that not only do we demand their protection from shale gas drilling and fracking, but we demand their protection from the damage that fracked gas infrastructure will bring without their attention.
The meeting begins at 12:15 and is currently planned for the DRBC Offices at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, New Jersey.
And please sign up in advance to ensure your chance to speak by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are those of us who are going to demand to be heard on this critical issue and to overcome the efforts by the DRBC staff and Commissioners to ignore public input.
Maya K. van Rossum
the Delaware Riverkeeper
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
925 Canal Street, Suite 3701, Bristol, PA 19007
215 369 1188 ext 102
Blogging at www.delawarerivervoice.blogspot.com