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Fracking ban comments from Schnecksville, Pa

We've heard from a lot of people all over the watershed, with lots of different opinions. Let's listen more closely to the people who spoke at the fifth fracking ban public hearing in Schnecksville, Pa. Here are a handful of photos of speakers with a short summary of their comments. ...
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Crisis at UDC averted

On Feb. 8, the Upper Delaware Council found out that its access to its usual funding -- $300,000 annually -- had been released. The U.S. Department of the Interior had withheld the payments that the UDC received via the National Park Service while the department reviewed all grants of $50,000 ...
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Upper Delaware Council, handcuffed by feds, faces possible closure

For 30 years, the Upper Delaware Council has navigated the sometimes turbulent political waters of the upper Delaware -- and the significant players that paddle in those waters. (The upper Delaware is the river from where its two branches meet in Hancock, N.Y., 73.4 miles south to Millrift, Pa., about ...
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Hearings on fracking ban draw mostly support

A massive, sullen mountain lies between Carbondale and Waymart, Pa. -- the site of the first two public hearings on Jan. 23 on the proposed ban on fracking in the Delaware River watershed. The top of the mountain marks the border between the Delaware River Basin and the Susquehanna River ...
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Confusion (about the fracking public hearing) abounds! Clarity follows —

This post has new information about the online registration to attend the public hearings. Yes, the dates, times and places for the fracking hearings are still correct, but there's more clarity about the registration. According to Clarke Rupert, the Delaware River Basin Commission's communications manager, the DRBC is concerned that ...
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Who is this firebrand?

(A story about Van Rossum's new book has been posted to this page.) Maya van Rossum was born far away in India, but since coming back to Pennsylvania when she was 18 months old, she hasn't strayed too far from the Delaware River watershed. She grew up in Villanova, Pa., ...
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The Delaware Riverkeeper’s new book outlines a new approach for environmental activists

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall ...
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Ten things I bet you don’t know about fracking

Well, at least I didn't know them until I listened to David Yoxtheimer, from Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. He spoke at the Upper Delaware Council meeting on Dec. 7, 2017. 1. There are two major shale formations in the northeast, the Marcellus and Utica shales. The Utica ...
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No fracking in the Delaware River Basin

Or, that seems the likely outcome of the proposed regulations issued -- not passed -- today by the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is the government body charged with the care of the waters of the Delaware River and its watershed. The fracking issue was resolved for many states and ...
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A high-tech crystal ball maps future development on the Delaware River

Attention planners!!! Wanna buy a crystal ball? It sees into the future (say, 2070) and can predict where growth will happen. Interested? Well check out this website: By now, the talented people who are reading this at the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University are cringing -- ...
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