The House State Government Committee (HSGC) of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives held hearings on June 11, 2018 on the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).CLICK THE IMAGE TO VIEW ENTIRE HEARING
If there was any doubt at the beginning of the hearing, called to order by Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th) and opening remarks by Representative Jonathan Fritz (R-111th), it became clear quickly this was not going to be a good day for the DRBC.
The Ranking Member, Mathew Branford (D-70th), seemed oblivious to the hearing that was taking ... Read More
Send Sen. Baker A Thank You! A simple "Thank you for Senate Bill 1189" will be a great encouragement to her.
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has launched an effort to require compensation for landowners in the Delaware River Basin, including those in Wayne and Pike counties, who are in jeopardy of losing valuable property rights to a pending ban on natural gas drilling.
Since 2009, landowners have been living under a moratorium that has prevented them from realizing the economic benefits accruing to those in other parts of the state. Last year, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his support ... Read More
A large part of Wayne County's heritage is farm related, and the preservation of the farms here for future generations is of utmost importance. That is why the UDRBC has chosen to award a scholarship to a graduating senior who has displayed an interest in farming and wishes to continue his/her education in agriculture or an agriculture-related field.
The UDRBC awarded its 2018 Agricultural Scholarship to Tim Brown. Presenting the check to Tim Brown is Ned Lang, UDRBC President who is joined by Betty Sutliff, UDRBC Scholarship Committee Chair and Representative Jonathan Fritz (R-111th).
Who may apply?
If you have a demonstrated commitment to farming, are presently a Honesdale High School (HHS) student living in Wayne County, participated or are presently participating in 4... Read More
The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) held its Spring Seminar, Natural Gas Exploration and Development (NGED) – The Industry Today on May 17th at the Narrowsburg Inn, Narrowsburg, NY.
The full day event, where the progress of the industry today and the outlook for natural gas were discussed, featured Tom Murphy, Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Bill desRosiers, External Affairs Coordinator for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and Tom Shepstone, Owner of Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
Speaking to a packed venue, State Representative Jonathan Fritz (R-111th) opened the seminar with his expert analysis regarding the evolution of the multibillion dollar natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, the success in Harrisburg with H.R. 515 and the upcoming hearings of ... Read More
The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) met with Pennsylvania DEP officials Wednesday to talk about its future and what a DRBC fracking ban would do.
Six members of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) made a three hour trip to Harrisburg on March 28 to meet with Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The same group had previously spoken with the Secretary following a “Cabinet in Your Community” meeting at Wallenpaupack High School as time was not allotted for their questions to be addressed during the meeting.... READ MORE
Summarizing their studies in September 2017, the SRBC concluded: "the Commission’s remote water quality monitoring network has not detected discernible impacts on the quality of the Basin’s water resources as a result of natural gas development".
Although the Governors Office, DEP and DRBC were invited to give testimony they declined to participate in the hearing.
Thanks to Jonathan Fritz, Our state representatives have heard our voice and responded to the threat of the sovereignty of PA state law.
Rep. Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster) nailed the argument by saying on the House floor that the Commission's action is an end-run around PA lawmakers who should be making those types of environmental decisions.