Water Use

On Tuesday, July 27th, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)  will hold a public hearing on proposed changes for providing notice of applications for water withdrawal projects.  The meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Arena, 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY. Obstructionists will use this as an opportunity to complicate and limit water use and gas development efforts. We hope you can attend the hearing and convey the following thoughts to the SRBC. The last three in red are the most important!

  • The SRBC's science-based approach this issue and other rulemakings is appreciated. Other agencies involved with natural gas development efforts should follow this example.
  • Landowners, business people, and workers also appreciate the SRBC's www.SRBC.net/wrp site. This water resources information webpage provides useful information about water withdrawals.
  • Landowners, business people, and workers realize that continued development of shale gas resources is important to local jobs and economies.  Everyone agrees that water resources need to be protected but undue restrictions and inefficient bureaucratic processes will have adversely impact on local economies and job opportunities.
  • Notice requirements should be sent to people based on their proximity to a surface or groundwater withdrawal location so that those affected most directly know about the withdrawal.
  • Notice requirements and applications need to be handled efficiently. The proposed rules will enable this.
  • Landowners, business people, and workers respectfully request that the SRBC protect our water resources in a manner that is not unduly restrictive of exploration and development operations.

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