I’ve spent years living in the Delaware River basin, either in Philadelphia or at my alma mater, Swarthmore College, or nearby in New York. My grandparents and father fished the Delaware south of Chester, PA throughout their entire lives. Beautiful and historic Cape May, NJ is the outlet for the Delaware. The Delaware has always been special, and it has always been a river besieged, but one that has recovered somewhat from the degradation of industry throughout the 1800 and 1900s.
It now has the largest population of spawning horseshoe crabs, is resident to dolphins and striped bass, and is a major herring and shad spawning ground. It rises in the Catskills and Poconos and cuts through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
However, did you know the Delaware River, the millions of people who live, work and play near the river, the thousands of species of aquatic life, the hundreds of farms the Delaware River sustains, are all in grave danger?
Now FRACKING threatens the Delaware River. The Delaware River Basin Commission will vote on October 21st on regulations that would allow for 20,000 gas wells in the river basin. On the DRBC’s website, there is a quote: “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure” (Oliver Wendell Holmes). Is it false advertising?
NJ’s state senate voted to BAN fracking in their state, but Gov. Christie vetoed it, giving in to big-business even when a bi-partisan state senate said “no.” And this guy had the never today to say he’d done a good job in NJ so far? No sir, no. Want to be President, Christie? YOU HAVE TO EARN IT.
If we don’t stop fracking here, your river could be next…
Sign the petition to say “no” to fracking at Change.org right here. Or, be there in Trenton on Oct 21st to say “no” in-person.