Fracking banned in the Delaware River watershed

For 15 million people, drinking water will stay fracking-free. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

For 15 million people, drinking water will stay fracking-free. 

On Feb. 25, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) finalized a decision to ban fracking within the Delaware River watershed. For more than a decade, Environment New Jersey has presented the DRBC with documentation of fracking threats to clean water. Environment New Jersey also rallied thousands to support the fracking ban, which will protect the wildlife and the water where people swim, fish, play and source drinking water. The DRBC listened.  

“This is a great day for the Delaware River and our precious drinking water, and we thank Gov. Phil Murphy, who called for this action more than two years ago," said Doug O'Malley, Environment New Jersey state director. 

"We look forward to working with the DBRC on whatever further steps are needed to protect the Delaware from all drilling-related activities," added Doug. 

Read more about the ban.

Learn more about our campaign on Clean, Green & Renewable Energy. 

ACT NOW

We know that fracking harms our communities, our environment and public health. If we want to secure a cleaner, greener New Jersey for future geneerations, then we must transition to renewable energy. 

Tell Gov. Phil Murphy to follow through on his promise of 100 percent renewable energy in New Jersey's energy master plan.
 

Photo: The watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people, and a home for wildlife, scenic views and opportunities for fishing, swimming and hiking Credit: Jon Bilous via Shutterstock

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.