Guidance for communities and organizations
Published: February 14, 2012
By: Earthworks, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Sierra Club PA Chapter
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: