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Susquehanna named Most Endangered River; commission responds

May 18, 2011

For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States, accoriding to the conservation group American Rivers, is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”

A report, released on May 17 by American Rivers, is described as "a wake-up call to policymakers as concerns mount that the process used to extract natural gas is contaminating drinking water and potentially threatening the health of millions."

The most endangered river of 2010 was the Upper Delaware River, which, the group says, is similarly threatened by natural gas extraction.

“Natural gas drilling poses one of the greatest risks our nation’s rivers have faced in decades,” says Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president for conservation at American Rivers. “Without strong regulations, public health and drinking water will be threatened by the toxic, cancer-causing pollution that results from hydraulic fracturing.”

American Rivers calls for moratorium on fracking, Susquhanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) disagrees

A statement from SRBC said the following:"SRBC wholeheartedly disagrees with American Rivers’ call for us to impose a moratorium on water withdrawal and use approvals for hydrofracing. Many in the public who oppose or are very wary of this practice believe the overriding concern relates to the potential impacts to water quality, which falls outside of SRBC’s regulatory responsibilities. We believe the decision whether to impose a moratorium falls squarely within the discretion of SRBC’s member states."

"It is SRBC’s job to wisely manage and conserve the water resources of the basin while encouraging their sustainable use and development. That is SRBC’s prescribed mission.

"In the Susquehanna basin, water quality regulations fall in the domain of our sovereign member states, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and the federal government. As such, while our regulations are intended to be protective of aquatic resources, we do not regulate and have never regulated water quality, nor are we contemplating doing so in the future.

"When it comes to water quantity, the Commission solidly believes the largely water-rich Susquehanna basin can accommodate the natural gas industry’s water needs, especially during times when our waterways are flowing very high or at normal levels."

Over 1400 Violations Related to Fracking in 2010

With the poor track record of these Frackers - close to 1000 violations considered harmful to the environment - it's just a matter of time before these "threats" become reality.

I have been very open minded about this issue but its clear to me now that no one in the fracking business gives a rats butt about the region, and they will continue to rape the land with little if any concern of the environment.

I hope NY lawmakers are paying close attention to how little these frackers care about what they're doing to our environment. 1,400 violations speaks volumes as to their real motives - profit, profit and more profits. And no concern for the environment.


This just gets stranger all the time. Last year, the upper Delaware River was endangered with no hydraulic fracturing in sight, while they were drilling in the Susquehanna River Basin to beat the band. The mere thought of possibly fracturing jumped the Delaware above the much fractured Susquehanna Basin. Now, a year later, with hydraulic fracturing that much closer to reality in the DRB, these bozos give the prestigious River Whiner award to the Susquehanna River basin? Who is the genius that makes this stuff up? If the Delaware was “a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing” with nary a single fracture in the entire watershed last year, it surely must be in deep frac fluid this year!

The Delaware watershed demands a recount from these buffoons! Surely, if the danger has increased in the DRB while the status quo remains in the SRB, there can be no doubt that the DRB once again wins this distinction hands down! Exactly what sort of monetary reward goes with this designation? The Nobel Peace Prize gives out a big chunk of change. Surely this assortment of obstructionist clowns has a plaque and a Benjamin or two that they will pass out with the award? Otherwise, what good is it? What good does this do-gooder group do? Where are they keeping the plaque bestowed from last year when the Delaware River won? Who has it, and can it be seen by the general river loving public?

What a Difference

Congratulations to the SRBC on focusing strictly on that which they were designed to focus: water allocation. What in the world makes the DRBC believe they have the right to meddle in the soveriegn member states' authority? I don't understand the significance of a random environmental group designating this river or that as "threatened". What does the federal agencies have to say on the matter? Also how does the Susquehanna earn most endangered two years in a row when the upper Delaware was the most endangered last year? Sounds suspiciously like an overlap.