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Proposed regs provoke responses


The grappling continued at the UDC’s monthly meeting, following announcement of a special work session scheduled for February 10 at 6:30 p.m. to review the DRBC’s proposed regs in order to prepare written comments. There will be no public comment allowed, but the meeting is open to the public. Two representatives from DRBC will be in attendance.

Town of Tusten alternate Tony Ritter suggested inviting an individual with geological expertise to ask appropriate technical questions for the benefit of the UDC. Following considerable debate, it was agreed that the name of a trained geologist who could ask informed questions could be submitted for consideration by the UDC.

The UDC also approved a draft letter to the National Park Service announcing itself as an interested party regarding its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed revision of NPS rules on Nonfederal Oil and Gas Development within the Boundaries of Units of the National Park System (edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32545.htm).

The UDC meets monthly on the first Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at its office at 211 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, NY. All meetings are open to the public. Visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or call 845/252-3022.

Submitting comments to DRBC
• The DRBC will utilize a specialized online submission process to handle the expectedly high volume of comments. These will be incorporated with written comments submitted by mail or delivered to the DRBC office and oral comments collected during three hearings.
• Comment early, be specific and provide as much substantive information and supportive documentation as possible.
• Comments will be sorted by topic, so it may be advisable to submit comments on multiple topics individually to avoid having them sorted by the first comment only. There is no limit to the number of written comments allowed, however the online system is limited to approximately 10 pages and oral testimony is limited to two minutes. If you have objections to the public comment process, those should also be included.
• For specific information visit www.state.nj.us/drbc/notice_naturalgas-draftregs.htm or contact Rupert at 609/883-9500 ext. 260, clarke.rupert@drbc.state.nj.us.