Philadelphia asks Delaware River Basin regulator for fracking ban
From Damascus Citizens:
Philadelphia City Council took action on September 28, 2010! Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a resolution which passed successfully, titled:
"Supporting House Bill 2754 calling for a 3 year Moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling, drilling activities, and establishing the Marcellus Shale Study Commission." The resolution begins by reinforcing Council's calling on the DRBC to halt hydraulic fracturing operations until a cumulative environmental impact assessment has been conducted.
HB 2754, introduced by Representative Tony Payton whose district includes parts of North Philadelphia, calls for a three year statewide moratorium and establishes a Marcellus Shale Study Comission which would "study and analyze the environmental, social and economic impacts of Marcellus drilling in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
Council will also produce a report based on Tuesday's hearing, and recommend further actions. We hope they will directly write the DRBC specifically urging the DRBC not to issue any rules, further permits for test wells or water withdrawals, or any fracking permits until the cumulative impact study called for by Hinchey, Holt, and Sestak has taken place.