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Saturday, September 12, 2015

SRBC: Breaking Their Own Rules

Over the past decade or so, I have written to and about the Susquehanna River Basin Commission dozens of times. I have testified at many of their quarterly sessions, including the seminal meeting in Wilkes-Barre, PA on 15 December 2011.
For the record, again, I had nothing to do with the disruptive activities that took place on that day at that place. I consider those clueless wannabes that dropped the f-bombs and chanted whatever verses they concocted to be wayward idiots; pure and simple.
Back to the SRBC. 
At their most recent quarterly business meeting, where no public comments are allowed, (see their rules of conduct on this this document), they allowed an "expert" from Binghamton University to speak about the quality of the Susquehanna's waters.

He offered the following: 
“The Susquehanna River Basin has some of the highest quality water in the country,”
Read the rest of the story here.
Of course, any open response at that meeting to the comments offered by Dr. Joseph Graney would have been deemed disruptive and perhaps even threatening.

"Disruptive behavior that interferes with the orderly conduct of the public meeting will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior intended to threaten or intimidate an SRBC official or other members of the attending public will not be tolerated. Persons engaging in such disruptive or threatening behavior will be removed from the meeting room."

The question I have is this:
Dr. Graney is an employee of Binghamton University, not the SRBC. Therefore, he is a member of the public. Why was he allowed to offer those comments in that "business" meeting with no opportunity for anyone to question or rebut his ridiculous gibberish?

Did he just walk up to a microphone and speak, or was he invited? 
I pay for two services to monitor traffic to this blog. I always see an uptick from the area surrounding Harrisburg whenever I post anything about the SRBC.
To that end:
See you there. 
P.S.: Hey guys...need any extras?


  1. The SRBC has tremendous financial and power gain by helping to bring the Fracking gas industry to New York State.Having Dr Joseph Graney of Binghamton University cherry pick data in support the positive quality of the waters of the Suequehanna and present this at the SRBC meeting smacks of undermining NY states stand on fracking. This opens large legal questions. As a Susquehanna Riverkeeper or hands on and muddy boots Susquehanna researcher since 1999, I have committed over 20 thousand hours to research and reclamation. I find the Susquehanna contaminated and a major contributor to killing the Chesapeake Bay.
    I believe Congress over stepped its powers in creating the SRBC and the DRBC and in giving them vast unaccountable authority
    I would like to make a documentary covering the communities and small non-profits abused and/or crushed by the SRBC and the PaDEP..

  2. Good to see you're still fighting the good fight, Paul. The SRBC needs to be reigned in; pronto.