November 9, 2011 —
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on November 8, published newly adjusted gas drilling regulations on its website, www.state.nj.us/drbc/ . The new rules call for the development of a Natural Gas Development Plan (“NGDP”) “For Protection of High Value Water Resource Landscapes and Special Protection Waters.”
A fact sheet produced by the commission says, “Through proper site planning, a NGDP will facilitate analysis of potential water resource impacts and the development of measures to avoid and minimize such impacts or, in the alternative, will require mitigation or compensation for them.
“The revised draft regulations continue to require that any natural gas development project sponsor with natural gas leaseholds in the basin encompassing a total of over 3,200 acres or who intends to construct more than five natural gas well pads in the basin may undertake natural gas development projects in the basin only after obtaining approval in the form of a docket issued by the Commission for a NGDP.”