Regulatory Agency To Take Action on Fracking Ban Near Delaware River
The Delaware River Basin Commission announced Wednesday that it will vote on the proposal at a public meeting on Feb. 25 .
The commission, which regulates water quality and quantity in the Delaware and its tributaries, first imposed a moratorium on drilling and fracking — the technique that unleashed a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil — more than a decade ago. It began the process of enacting a permanent ban in 2017. The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale .
Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group are challenging the commission’s right to regulate gas development in court. The agency has representatives from New Jersey , New York , Pennsylvania , Delaware and the federal government.