The Marcellus Shale Coalition filed 71 pages of commentary on the legal problems with the proposed DRBC fracking ban. Read it and weep if you’re the DRBC.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition has jumped into the battle over the proposed DRBC fracking ban in a big way. It filed 71 pages of comments with the DRBC on March 29, which may be found here. There are three elements to the submission; (a) a tough letter from David Spigelmyer, MSC President, (b) a lengthy legal analysis, and (c) supporting technical comments. All are excellent and the message for Steve Tambini, the DRBC Executive Director, is simple; your failure to lead is going to make you the fall guy for having destroyed the reputation of this agency, even though it was your predecessor who took the first fatal steps.
Carol Collier, the former Executive Director of the DRBC, was the individual who decided the DRBC would go a different direction on gas drilling and created the mess we now have. Her vision of the DRBC, contrary to those who went before her, was as a regional super-agency responsible for regulating land use and protecting the environment. She colluded with the Delaware Riverkeeper and its funder, the William Penn Foundation, to engineer a moratorium on gas drilling that would be in place forever but for the currently pending lawsuit from the Wayne Land and Mineral Group.