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Ned Lang - President UDRBC

January 23- March 30, 2018 DRBC HEARINGS


The public debut of the UDRBC at the Wayne County Fair was a great success. Our booth, promoting local resources and all forms of energy, was visited by hundreds of fairgoers

To the citizens who have raised families, grown businesses and earned a living for generations, the Upper Delaware River Basin is much more than a river. Here are the insights of the real citizens of the Upper Delaware River Basin, and why the UDRBC exists....Read More

UDRBC Pushing Back Against Regulatory Injustice

President Ned Lang testifying at hearing

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).


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

PA Senate Bill #1189

PA Senator Lisa Baker

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

2018 Agricultural Scholarship Awarded To Tim Brown

2018 Agricultural Scholarship Awarded

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

Spring Seminar, Natural Gas Exploration and Development (NGED) – The Industry Today

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

UDRBC Meets with Pennsylvania DEP

UDRBC Meets with Pennsylvania DEP

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

The DRBC Is Engaged in High Stakes, High-Tech Colonialism and wants to control your land!

A majority of the DRBC Commissioners also serve as the majority of the SRBC Commissioners.  Over 3,000 gas wells have been drilled and hydraulically fractured there . 

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".


State Lawmakers Hearing on DRBC Double Standards

On October 30th State Lawmakers heard testimony regarding the double standard applied to citizens of the DRBC. 

Although the Governors Office, DEP and DRBC were invited to give testimony they declined to participate in the hearing.


House Resolution 515 Passed 101 to 83

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.

Here is a link to how your representatives voted on this resolution. Please send a letter of THANKS to those who have supported your rights and let those who voted against your rights ... Read More

Protect Your Property Rights!

We have much to do to combat the onslaught of regulations, which are proposed by religious environmentalists and ultimately designed to remove our constitutionally guaranteed rights to benefit from the use of our land.

Recently these "environmental" groups delivered a resolution, which requests a permanent ban on natural gas drilling ANYWHERE within the jurisdiction of the DRBC, to the governors of the four states and the Army Corps of Engineers. The resolution included over 60,000 signatures. (Past experience tells us that most of those signatures are not landowners and many even originate overseas!)

We need to become as organized and as active as those who view our rights as insignificant. You can help. UDRBC has written a COUNTER RESOLUTION, which represents the real landowners of the Upper Delaware River Basin. If you haven't signed this resolution at one of our ... Read More

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