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October 28, 2016
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UDC offers support for DRBC

Corbett argued that Pennsylvania has already adopted “first-class standards that have served as a model to other shale-gas producing states across the nation.” The state has “enhanced environmental protection standards through passage of Act 13 in February 2012,” he said.

Critics say Act 13, which stripped local governments of all oversight of oil and gas production related projects, provided carte blanche for the energy industry.

Corbett wrote that the continuing moratorium has injured the region economically and that “citizens of Pennsylvania residing within the basin have been denied the enjoyment of their property rights due to the inaction of the DRBC.”

A spokesman for the Delaware River Basin Commission wrote that, although the letter-writing campaign was aimed at the executive director, the commissioners, who are appointed by the governors of the basin states and the federal government, made the decision to hold off on any permitted gas drilling activity until new regulations are adopted. That’s why they chose to cancel the scheduled vote.