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Top Three Asks for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Top Three Asks for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Guidance for communities and organizations

Published: February 14, 2012

By: Earthworks, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Sierra Club PA Chapter

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From the backgrounder:

The  following  information  has  been  developed  for  use  in  activities  focusing  on  SRBC  issues,   such  as  meetings,  action  alerts,  written  comments,  and  testimony.  While  every  organization   should  tailor  them  to  suit  its  own  needs  and  positions,  this  document  provides  a  basis  for   coordinated,  consistent  communications  with  officials,  the  public,  and  the  media.

We  all  agree  that  it’s  valid  to  question  whether  shale  gas  development  should  be  moving   forward  at  all,  including  in  the  Susquehanna  River  Basin.  But  as  an  immediate  strategy  to   influence  the  SRBC,  our  consensus  message  is  two-­‐fold:

  • Given  all  the  detrimental  impacts  of  gas  development  on  the  environment  and   communities,  Commissioners  need  to  take  action  and  stop  additional  permitting  and   other  actions  that  accelerate  shale  gas  development.
  • It  is  inappropriate  for  SRBC  to  authorize  more  water  withdrawal  permits  and   implement  new  shale  gas  regulations  without  first  performing  the  scientific  studies   necessary  to  ensure  that  decisionmaking  is  comprehensive  and  informed.
   

With  this  in  mind,  here’s  what  SRBC  must  do:

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