The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) met with Pennsylvania DEP officials Wednesday to talk about its future and what a DRBC fracking ban would do.
Six members of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) made a three hour trip to Harrisburg on March 28 to meet with Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The same group had previously spoken with the Secretary following a “Cabinet in Your Community” meeting at Wallenpaupack High School as time was not allotted for their questions to be addressed during the meeting.
Prior to the meeting in Harrisburg, the group was asked to submit the questions they had for the Secretary in advance, which they did. After their questions were reviewed, the UDRBC was told, “The questions you provided are not appropriate for the meeting discussion, as those issues are subject of litigation,” and, “Absent the Secretary responding to the questions you have provided in the scheduled meeting, please let us know if you still would like to meet with him.”
Well, yes, we did. Since the public comment time for the DRBC was still open until March 30 and there had been no vote yet to ban natural gas extraction in the DRB, we did not agree with the position the DEP took regarding our questions. However, we respected their decision and put our concerns in statement rather than question form.