The Delaware Riverkeeper is doing politics today, as it does a unique form of grass-roots lobbying for a fracking ban. Where is the IRS when we need them?
THE Delaware Riverkeeper is a radical environmental group operating as the self-appointed “caretaker” of the entire Delaware River Basin. It’s run by Maya van Rossum and gets its funding from a variety of foundations, mainly the William Penn Foundation. Riverkeeper’s cause célèbre is a complete, and permanent, ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. They’d actually like a permanent ban throughout Pennsylvania (and every other state in the Union), but they’ll take a ban in the River Basin as a first step.
Unfortunately, the Delaware Riverkeeper has the ear of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and has pressured the DRBC for years to institute a total ban on fracking. The DRBC finally took a step in that direction in September.
There has been no fracking in the River Basin for 10+ years. So why the urgency for the board to pass a ban now? Because a Wayne County, Pennsylvania landowner has taken the DRBC to court, challenging the latter’s right to impose such a ban. After all, the adjacent Susquehanna River Basin (overseen by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission or SRBC composed of the same governing majority as the DRBC) is loaded with fracking–with no harmful effects on water quality, streams being monitored continuously.