Tell the Susquehanna River Basin Commission: do your job!
Tell the SRBC not to make fracking shale gas damage worse!
Asylum Township on the Susquehanna. Credit: Meander via Flickr/Creative Commons
The Susquehanna River stretches 400 miles across New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. It provides drinking water to millions, and half the freshwater flowing into the Chesapeake Bay – the nation’s largest estuary.
But in 2011, American Rivers designated it the nation’s most endangered river thanks to shale gas development, including fracking.
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has the power to protect the Basin from fracking, but instead they’re putting communities and environment at risk. For example, they are:
- Permitting many water withdrawals one at a time, with no concern for their collective impact across the Basin;
- Failing to consider the long-term impacts of increased drilling;
- Allowing Pennsylvania’s rush to drill to drive decisions that should be based on the interests of all three states.
TAKE ACTION by February 27th: tell the SRBC to do their job and protect the Susquehanna and those that rely on it!
Remind the Commission that its job is not to facilitate risky drilling for short-term gain – but to protect public water resources for a long time to come.
- Send/amend the sample letter to the SRBC at page right. Personalized letters have much greater impact.
- Click “send your message” to send a letter.
For more information:
- Joint position paper: Top 3 asks for the SRBC
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission
- American Rivers: Susquehanna River is nation's most endangered
- COMMENT PERIOD closes February 27th
- NOTE: You can also send written comments directly to the Susquehanna River Basin
Commission, 1721 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2391, or email them to SRBC Secreatary Stephanie L. Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org.