Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Delaware River Basin Commission Meets Dec. 7 On Shale Gas Fracking Wastewater Regulations

On November 22, the
Delaware River Basin Commission announced it will meet on December 7 to consider special regulations covering the import and export of water from the basin and discharges of wastewater from high volume hydrofracking [shale gas drilling] activities.

DRBC published proposed shale gas drilling wastewater regulations in October 2021 for public comment and held several hearings on the proposal. 

The proposed regulations prohibit the discharge of wastewater from high volume fracking operations in the watershed and set criteria for the import and export of wastewater, although in both cases the practice is discouraged.  Read more here.

Environmental groups have been encouraging the Commission to adopt a total ban on the import and export of wastewater.

A final version of the regulations for consideration by the Commission was not posted on the meeting webpage.

Click Here for the full agenda of the meeting.

The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and be held via Zoom.  Click Here for instructions on attending the meeting via Zoom or for watching via the DRBC’s YouTube Channel.

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Delaware River Basin Commission website.  Click Here to sign up for regulator updates.  Follow DRBC on TwitterVisit them on YouTube.


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[Posted: November 22, 2022] 
PA Environment Digest

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