Thirteen groups with interests in natural gas drilling signed a statement urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to get the ball rolling on responsible gas production in Wayne County.


In the statement, landowner, economic development and agricultural associations in the Upper Delaware region said they were concerned with the DRBC’s “inability or unwillingness to produce timely regulations.”


Thirteen groups with interests in natural gas drilling signed a statement urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to get the ball rolling on responsible gas production in Wayne County.

In the statement, landowner, economic development and agricultural associations in the Upper Delaware region said they were concerned with the DRBC’s “inability or unwillingness to produce timely regulations.”

The statement — signed by the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, Wayne-Pike Farm Bureau, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and other from surrounding New York state groups — says the DRBC is not living up to its founding credo of balancing economic development with environmental protection.

“The agency must, therefore, recognize continued delays themselves cause economic harm to the states, the communities and individual citizens of these states and upset the balance,” the document states.

The statement also says the DRBC has never, and should never “supersede the rights of its member states” to regulate land use.


But the outlook is grim, the group says.

“Every speculation by it about the possible nature of forthcoming regulations suggests just the opposite,” according to the statement.

The statement says that talk regarding the DRBC’s plan to protect forest lands, which are already checked by state inspectors, is one example of the duplication of regulations.

The DRBC should regulate water usage, but not land use, the statement details.

The signers of the joint statement say the DRBC is “embarking upon an empire building mission” to separate itself from its original compact as an interstate agency.

The DRBC said in October that it needs more time to work on regulations for natural gas drilling in the Upper Delaware region.

The agency said the regulations will likely be ready for the public viewing by December.

The DRBC is an agency representing the federal government and the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware.