TRENTON, NJ – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that the period for submitting written comments on the proposed natural gas development rulemaking will be extended an additional 30 days through the close of business (5 p.m.) April 15, 2011. The comment period was to have ended March 16.
“The Commissioners announced the extension at their March 2 public business meeting held in West Trenton in response to numerous requests,” DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said. “This will provide additional time for the public and government officials to study the proposed regulations and offer written technical comments.” The vote approving the 30-day extension was four (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and the federal government) to one (Pennsylvania). The Commissioners also instructed DRBC staff to immediately begin sorting and processing the approximately 2,500 comments received to date.
Written comments will be accepted by two methods only:
Electronic submission using a web-based form available on the DRBC Web site (preferred method); or
Paper submission mailed or delivered to: Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360. Please include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter.
Comments that are faxed, telephoned, or emailed to individual DRBC Commissioners and staff will not be accepted for the rulemaking record.
All written comments submitted via the two methods described above that are received prior to 5 p.m. on April 15, 2011 along with the transcript of the oral testimony presented at the public hearings held Feb. 22 and 24 in Honesdale, Pa., Liberty, N.Y., and Trenton, N.J. will become a part of the rulemaking record and be considered by the Commissioners prior to any action on the proposed regulations. Such action will be taken at a duly noticed public meeting of the Commission on a future date.
The purpose of the proposed regulations is to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin during the construction and operation of natural gas development projects. The draft regulations establish requirements to prevent, reduce, or mitigate depletion and degradation of surface and groundwater resources and to promote sound practices of watershed management.
The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin. The five Commission members are the Governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.
Additional information, including a fact sheet and the text of the proposed regulations, can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.drbc.net.