Thursday, January 14, 2010
A call for stricter rules on gas drilling around Delaware River
Three environmental groups have released a report to urge the Delaware River Basin Commission to be tougher on natural gas drilling in and around the river, according to a report by LehighValleyLive.com.
Environment New Jersey, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter said at a late December news conference that the chemicals used to extract natural gas can lead to chemical leaks into drinking water and underground aquifers.
There are about 20,000 acres of leased land for drilling, with seven pending applications for the river's watershed, according to their report.