Watershed Wednesdays - Send Your Frack Ban Comments to DRBC--Comment Here!
All information collected will be used for the sole purpose of submitting comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission on its proposed fracking regulations. Please tell DRBC why you think it should ban fracking and should also prohibit wastewater storage, processing, and discharge as well as prohibit the export of Delaware River water to be used for fracking elsewhere.
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Please write your comments to the DRBC in the space below. Each week we’re offering a different theme for comments, and this week we're focusing on inter-basin transfers. For a sample letter and more information on this week’s theme--climate change, the Delaware River Basin, and fracking--visit this page: http://bit.ly/2pqGPSM
The DRBC’s proposed fracking regulations could open the Delaware River Basin to the removal and transfer of freshwater out of the basin, known as an “inter-basin transfer,” for use in fracking operations elsewhere, pending the Commission’s approval. This would be a devastating mistake with impacts across the region.

There are many documented harms of inter-basin transfers, including:
● Reduced flow rates in the donor basin: Decreased supply in the donor basin can result in changes to a waterbody’s natural flow patterns, with impacts to native vegetation and aquatic habitats, including in wetlands. This loss in biodiversity can expose a waterbody to an influx of invasive species, which can further harm local habitats.[6] The Delaware River Basin is a sanctuary to rare and endemic species of plants and animals including bears, bald eagles, native trout, freshwater mussels and eels, and endangered timber rattlesnakes, all of which would be threatened by shifts in the watershed’s freshwater flow patterns.
● Reduced ability of the donor water body to assimilate pollutants: A waterbody with less supply has a decreased ability to dilute pollutants and could harm aquatic species due to heightened toxic exposure.[7]
● Unsustainable development of a limited resource: Inter-basin transfers put donor waterbodies that people depend on for drinking water at risk and can enable development in regions that do not have readily available water. The Delaware River Basin is the drinking water source for over 17 million Americans, including residents of Philadelphia and New York City. Removing water from the basin would threaten the region’s water security.

For more background and a sample letter to develop your own comments go here: http://bit.ly/2pqGPSM

For more great ideas for your comments, check out this video from Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a renowned biologist and co-authors of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking – Fifth Edition.
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