New Fortress Energy and Delaware River Partners want to expand the deepwater port terminal in Gibbstown, Gloucester County, NJ, across from Chester, PA, to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas for sale. Shale gas would be extracted from fracking wells in Pennsylvania and piped to a New Fortress processing plant under construction in Wyalusing, Bradford County, PA on the Susquehanna River. Tank trucks and/or trains would carry this hazardous LNG over 200 miles through populated areas to Gibbstown daily. Huge shipping vessels would transport it down the river, passing Delaware and NJ and through the Chesapeake Bay to ports proposed by New Fortress in Ireland, Puerto Rico, and beyond.
This project would be a disaster for Delaware River communities. Every day, up to 1,650 truck trips and/or 100 rail cars would come into Gibbstown, worsening air pollution in a region that doesn’t meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for ozone--a dangerous air pollutant. LNG will be loaded onto ships continuously--24/7, 365 days per year--exposing communities to the possibility of major explosions. Dredging required to build the terminal, and the terminal itself, threaten water quality, endangered species (including the Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon), and rare, vulnerable habitats for many animals and plants along the Delaware.
The entire New Fortress scheme is an untested, convoluted project that will only serve special private interests, will cause destructive pollution every step of its way and will increase methane emissions that will worsen our national and global climate crisis. We call on the Delaware River Basin Commission to put a stop to this disastrous plan now!
DRBC – ENACT A PERMANENT BAN ON FRACKING
To the Delaware River Basin Commission voting members - the Governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, representing the Basin states and the Army Corps of Engineers, representing the federal government:
To the Delaware River Basin Commission voting members - the Governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, representing the Basin states, and the Army Corps of Engineers, representing the federal government:
We, the undersigned, call for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to enact a permanent ban on natural gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed. During the seven years of the DRBC drilling moratorium, scientific studies have exposed the harms, the damaging health effects are being proven, New York and Maryland have banned fracking, and the weight of evidence shows that shale gas simply cannot be extracted safely.
The DRBC is responsible for protecting the water resources of the Delaware River Watershed — upon which 17 million people rely for their drinking water. This water supply and the Wild and Scenic Delaware River are irreplaceable. The time to enact a permanent ban is NOW.