Friday, July 12, 2013

DRBC takes no action on natural gas draft regulation at public meeting

On July 9 and 10, 2013, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held a public hearing and meeting where it took no formal action on the pending Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations.  DRBC originally published the draft regulations on December 9, 2010, and the public comment period ended on April 15, 2011.  These regulations would address oil and gas developmental issues including water sourcing, well pad siting, and wastewater disposal.   No formal action has yet been taken to adopt these draft regulations.  In her report to DRBC at the July 10 meeting, Commission Secretary Pam Bush said DRBC had received various letters regarding the draft regulations, but the Commission had currently only responded to a letter from the Wayne County Commissioners.   No natural gas development can occur within the Delaware River Basin until the draft regulations are approved by DRBC.

The next public hearing for DRBC will take place on September 11-12. For more information on the meeting and letters received by DRBC visit DRBC website.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
July 2013

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