Delaware Riverkeeper and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey, seeking to stop the Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC”) from permitting the exploratory drilling of natural gas wells in the Delaware River basin. Although a moratorium on drilling that uses hydraulic fracturing is in place in the Delaware River Basin while the DRBC promulgates regulations for the necessary water withdrawals, some exploratory drilling is being permitted. It is this exploratory drilling that the suit challenges, stating that the exploratory wells have been given “a free pass to be constructed and drilled without Commission oversight” and charging the DRBC with neglecting its obligation towards the Special Protection Waters of the Delaware River.
In 2010, Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed another suit against DRBC’s approval of Stone Energy Corporation’s withdrawal of up to 0.7 million gallons of water per day from the West Branch of the Lackawaxen River in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.
Copies of the complaints in both cases can be found on our website: