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Friday, December 9, 2011

Talking Points for SRBC Meeting on 12/15

The amount and content of email traffic in advance of the upcoming SRBC meeting in Wilkes-Barre next Thursday, 12/15, has been incredible.  I have to chalk it up to the approaching full moon.

Anyway, here's the text from an e-mail sent to me by a consortium of some of the movers & shakers of the anti-fracking movement. I've removed the bulk of the detailed talking points for obvious reasons.

If you want a copy of the complete e-mail, send me a request.

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Support the Susquehanna!

Tell SRBC to do its job and protect the river
and communities from gas drilling impacts.

At a meeting on December 15, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will be considering several water withdrawal applications from gas operators, and intends to vote on proposed regulations that speed up approvals of gas development projects and the transport of hazardous drilling wastewater.

 The SRBC meets regularly to make decisions on water use and management.

Please attend the December 15 meeting to tell the SRBC that it needs to stop promoting gas drilling—and instead do a better job of protecting the waters, wildlife, and communities of the entire Susquehanna Basin.

The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Best Western East Mountain Inn & Suites, 2400 East End Boulevard (Route 115) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. There will be a public comment period at the end of the meeting, and we hope to also have the chance to comment on the proposed gas development regulations before the Commissioners vote on them.

Key points to make in your comments include:

· The commission must *****

 · SRBC operates *****...etc.

Background: The Susquehanna River Basin Commission coordinates the use of water resources among Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania—the three states across which the river flows for over 400 miles—and the federal government. The Commission’s work is governed by a Compact adopted in 1970 by the U.S. Congress and legislatures of the three member states.

In November, the SRBC received a letter signed by more than 40 organizations across the region urging the Commission to stop its rulemaking on gas drilling until it conducts necessary comprehensive environmental studies.

If you can’t attend this meeting in person, please send a letter sharing your concerns to your state’s representative on the Commission; you can also copy the U.S. Commissioner and the SRBC.

Maryland: Dr. Robert M. Summers, Secretary. Maryland Department of the Environment. 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230.

New York: James M. Tierney, Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources. New York Department of Environmental Conservation. 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1010.

Pennsylvania: Michael L. Krancer, Secretary. Department of Environmental Protection. Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Federal: Colonel Christopher Larsen, Commander. North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 302 General Lee Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11252.

SRBC: Paul O. Swartz, Executive Director. Susquehanna River Basin Commission. 1721 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

If you want to know my talking points...attend the meeting.


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