Comments on Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s regulations at 18 C.F.R. §§803

November 17, 2014 • Earthworks, et al

Response to SRBC on drilling impacts on water quality in Pennsylvania

January 15, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.

Tell the SRBC: See the Big Picture, Save the Susquehanna!

January 23, 2013 • EARTHWORKS

The beautiful and powerful Susquehanna River stretches 400 miles, provides drinking water to millions of people, and supports wildlife and unique environments. Yet even with the expansion of natural gas development, no agency has taken the time to understand how it affects the watershed, let alone how to prevent impacts. Working together, we can change that.


Saving the Susquehanna from Drilling

August 23, 2012 • EARTHWORKS

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Media Releases

Groups to Susquehanna River Basin Commission: ensure public participation, stop promoting gas drilling without science and protections

March 15, 2012 • Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper, Earthworks, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Sierra Club PA


(Harrisburg, PA) – As the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) conducts its quarterly business meeting today, a coalition of organizations strongly criticized the agency for prohibiting public comment at the event and continuing to issue water permits for the natural gas industry without taking measures to prevent negative impacts across the Basin.

In a March 9 letter to SRBC, the groups said that full public participation at all meetings is necessary for the Commission to receive valuable public and expert input, have current information to consider in its permit reviews, and, as a public agency, to maintain transparent decisionmaking.


SRBC Considers Taking Water from the Susquehanna River for Fracking

February 17, 2012 • Aaron Mintzes

Yesterday I attended a public comment hearing before the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC).  The SRBC is an interstate agency responsible for making important water resource decisions affecting the Susquehanna River basin.  Comprised of appointees from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and the Army Corps of Engineers, the SRBC met to receive comments on a series of proposed permit applications for water withdrawals intended for use in hydraulic fracturing operations.

This was a do-over meeting.  The first one, held December 15 in Wilkes-Barre, abruptly and improperly ended when a number of protesters shouted down the Commissioners as they moved for unilateral approval of all the permit applications without allowing for public comment.  The protests clearly rattled the SRBC commissioners.  Not used to such public outrage, the SRBC was left with no ability to neither conduct their business nor provide an opportunity for other advocates to speak.


Top Three Asks for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

February 14, 2012 • Earthworks, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Sierra Club PA Chapter

The following information has been developed for use in activities focusing on SRBC issues, such as meetings, action alerts, written comments, and testimony.


A fracking kerfuffle, Susquehanna style

December 24, 2011 • Nadia Steinzor

Interstate river basin commissions are based on noble values: sharing resources, not polluting neighbors downstream, and planning so water resources aren’t sucked dry. Then again, ideas are only as good as the people who make them reality. When it comes to Marcellus Shale gas development, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)—responsible for coordinating water resources among Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania—seems to have fallen down on the job.