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Four-State Commission Bans Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Feb. 25, 2021, 7:20 PM

The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday enacted a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in the Delaware River Watershed.

The commissioners said the ban would “control future pollution, protect the public health and preserve the waters” of the Delaware Basin. Environmentalists hailed the decision affecting the water supply for more than 13 million people in four states, while the oil and gas industry criticized it.

The interstate agency voted 4-0, with one abstention, to approve the final rule (Resolution 2021-01) banning fracking in the basin. The decision affirms a drilling moratorium that has been in place...

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