Gathered by the shores of the Delaware in Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pa., protesters shout their demand: "Don't drill the Delaware." Delaware Riverkeeper Network VIDEO
Thank you for the opportunity to speak but why are we being squeezed?
There are lots of agencies whose actions affect the Delaware River and its watershed; the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Office of the Delaware River Master (USGS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, New York City's Department of Environmental Protection and the four states' agencies whose fingers must necessarily be in the water.
The work of those agencies can be more or less transparent, and even when their work is in public, it's usually quite a hike from one end of the 330-mile river to the other — and farther afield if you have to trek to a state capital.
The Delaware River Basin Commission is centrally located, with offices in Trenton, N.J., and commission hearings often held in Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pa.
More importantly, the DRBC opens its meetings to the public, and welcomes — sort of — public comment in its four-times-a-year business meetings. The other set of four meetings are called public hearings and the public is welcome to comment but only on the matters at hand.
Here are the DRBC's rules. As always they are specific and detailed:
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