River Basin Commissions Receive A Dose of Healthy Skepticism

Two river basin commissions operate in Pennsylvania; the Delaware (DRBC) and Susquehanna (SRBC) today. Both are now receiving a healthy dose of skepticism.

Yesterday, two more sham DRBC hearings were hold in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania (near Allentown) on its proposed fracking ban. Although the outcome is pre-determined, the hearings generated some earnest criticism of the DRBC. Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, also joined two members of the Commonwealth’s General Assembly the other day to announce his office will conduct audits of the two river basin commissions. Are these river basin commissions finally getting the skepticism they so well deserve? Are eyes opening? It appears so.

The DRBC hearings, as I noted here, are a complete sham. The matter will decided in the courts, the four DRBC members having already told us what they’re going to do. Moreover, hearings in the Lehigh Valley, where gas is only consumed and not produced, were bound to produce more fractivists than realists. Nonetheless, some good speeches were delivered from our side, including one by our buddy Bill Shaughnessy, who wrote a great piece here a few months back.

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