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Saturday, December 10, 2011

SRBC Changes Terms of 12/15 Public Hearing

To all:

On ~November 15th, when the Susquehanna River Basin Commission first posted its notice online setting the agenda for its 12/15/2011 meeting and public hearing, I printed a copy that same day. I've used that original notice, and the agenda items listed, to do research in preparation for the upcoming meeting. I still have that copy. I also have a copy of the September meeting notice as well.

This morning, when sending a link to that SRBC document to someone who plans to testify, I noticed some new language on page 3 that I did not recall reading previously. Upon further review, I discovered the revised notice was dated December 8th.
For your viewing (dis)pleasure:

Below: Original language in 11/15/2011 SRBC meeting notice

Below: Amended language added on 12/8/2011. 

Folks...I won't comment further at this time. They know we're coming.
Let's not disappoint them.


  1. Dang, I was thinking I'd submit written commentary but see that the deadline is past already. Oops. Thanks for the information.

  2. If you have a comments you can STILL SUBMIT to on a specific project, submit it to Drew Dehoff at adehoff@srbc.net Effective 12/10/2011 TODAY.

    Please Print out and Distribute in your communities.
    ********** PRESS RELEASE *********
    On December 15, beginning at 8:30 AM The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will be hosting a PUBLIC HEARING on Proposed Water Withdrawal Applications and proposed Regulations for Natural Gas Industrialization.

    The Turnout is expected to be enormous.
    **Activists will be on-site to demonstrate their belief in Keeping the Water of Susquehanna River out of the hands of the Natural Gas Industry.

    Commissioners who represent the States of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and the Army Corps of Engineers will be voting on 26 Water Withdrawal Applications made by Natural Gas Companies in addition to attempting to shorten the regulatory procedure by which the water withdrawals can be approved.

    ****The SRBC has stated no signs, placards will be allowed in their meeting room, thwarting any attempts by activists to quietly display their disapprovals of Such water withdrawals. Videographers will be on-hand at the meeting as will local media efforts.

    At a similar public meeting held by the SRBC in upstate Milford, New York on September 15, 2011, involving 21 water withdrawals for Natural Gas Industrialization were unanimously approved across the board, excepting 1 water withdrawal application. In attendance at that meeting were over 100 activists.

    ***New York State has recently denied any further permits be allowed in the Delaware River Basin pending the DEC's final approval of SGEIS (Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement) due to be completed by January 11, 2012.

    DATE: December 15, 2011
    LOCATION: Best Western East Mountain Inn & Suites,
    2400 East End Boulevard - Route 115,
    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    (For directions, http://www.eastmountaininn.com/maps.htm)
    TIME: 8:30 a.m.

  4. Watch an Excellent Video on Gas Drilling Consumptive Water Use and the Susquehanna River
    and what taking this water does to OUR rivers.

  5. Markell Fracking Vote may mark Turning Point in gas debate, critics say
    In November, Markell said he would VOTE AGAINST allowing gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin under a proposal by the Delaware River Basin Commission, an interstate regulator charged with ensuring water quality in the basin. Markell, one of four governors who set policy at the commission, said he needed more assurances that drinking water would not be contaminated by gas drilling.


    Markell administration says EPA report validates fracking stance

  6. I am currently on an "on-call" schedule for work, and won't know if I am working on the 15th until 8:00 that morning. I will try to make this meeting, though I may have to leave before it even starts.