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December 12, 2011

DRBC Puts Water Withdrawals for Gas Drilling in New York on Hold

The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin and the Ithaca Journal report that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) adopted a resolution at its meeting on December 8, 2011, postponing action on any applications for water withdrawals for natural gas drilling in New York state until the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its environmental review of hydraulic fracturing. The decision was made at the request of DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

The DRBC's decision to postpone consideration of applications from New York puts on hold a controversial application from XTO Energy—a subsidiary of Exxon-Mobil—to withdraw up to 250,000 gallons of water per day from Oquaga Creek, a pristine trout stream in eastern Broome County. Two other water withdrawal applications, both in Broome County, were also postponed by the commission's decision.

Posted by Rachel Treichler at 12/12/11 11:00 AM

 

 

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