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PennEast project canceled

Quietly and without fanfare, PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that it was abandoning its seven-year battle to ship fracked Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The proposed pipeline’s 116-mile route would have started in Luzerne County, Pa., and run through Carbon, Northampton and Bucks…

The Schuylkill River and Manayunk Canal overflowed onto the Main Street Manayunk as seen from Manayunk Bridge, Thurday morning. Heavy rain from Hurricane Ida is creating problems with flooding in Philadelphia and region on Thursday, September 2, 2021. <br> ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

Ida’s fatal power didn’t shock scientists who study how climate change primed the pump

Broadsided by floods and powerful tornadoes, the Philadelphia region was stunned by Ida’s deadly intensity. But to scientists, clues were abundant Ida might prove formidable when it made landfall near Port Fourchon, La., as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29. The scene was set 1,100 miles away for it to make history here three…

East Branch of the Delaware River in Hancock, N.Y.

UDC awards ceremony set for Sept. 12

The Upper Delaware Council will celebrate those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at an awards ceremony on Sept. 12. New York State Senator Mike Martucci, Republican of the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker. The following recipients will be honored: *Distinguished Service…

A revised proposal for the PennEast pipeline calls for splitting construction into two phases: 68 miles of pipeline entirely in Pennsylvania, and the remaining 50 miles in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The pipeline would cross the Delaware River near Riegelsville, Pa.

PennEast Pipeline pauses land acquisitions in Pennsylvania

The proposed PennEast Pipeline announced an abrupt halt to legal proceedings to secure needed property easements for its 118-mile Pennsylvania-to-New Jersey natural gas pipeline, a move that raises new questions about the project’s future. PennEast cited a desire to clear regulatory hurdles before resuming the court cases to secure the approximately 70 properties it needs…

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area could become a national park.

Plan pushed to make Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area a national park

Legging out at 38 letters, “Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area” does not exactly roll off the tongue.  Now, instead, imagine a moniker like “Delaware Water Gap National Park and Preserve.” Even though that name is longer – at 39 letters – it features the marquee words “national park.”  That’s a phrase that members of…

From left: Francis O'Shea, Trust for Public Land; Kelly Knutson, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed; Sherri Resti-Thomas, Friends of the Upper Delaware River; Molly Oliver FUDR; Richelle Dufton, FUDR; Vincent Sapienza, New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Aileen Gunther, N.Y. Assemblywoman; Lisa D'Arrigo, New York League of Conservation Voters; Mike Martucci, N.Y. State Senator; William Cooke, The Nature Conservancy (NY);  Julie Tighe, NYLCV; Jeff Skelding, FUDR.  PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

A chorus calls for N.Y. State funding for the Upper Delaware

There was an alphabet soup represented on the shores of the Delaware last week: the FUDR, the NYCDEP, the CDRW and the NYLCV. Oh, and the TPL! They were all gathered there for one thing: M-O-N-E-Y. Progress has been made on the federal level getting money back to the upper river, now it’s the turn…

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Full funding for the DRBC inches closer
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So, the good news? New Jersey has finally owned up to its responsibility to fund the Delaware River Basin Commission at $893,000. To review: The Delaware River Basin Commission is the regulatory agency charged by the four river states — New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware — and the federal government to be “in charge”…

Signs at the Dingman's Ferry Delaware River access alert
river users that the river is high and dangerous after recent heavy rains.
PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Delaware River drownings: Persistent and preventable

Here’s a terrifying prediction about drownings in the two National Park units on the Delaware River: According to the data: Our next victim will be a 27-year-old male from NJ. He will drown while swimming in the river without a lifejacket on a Saturday afternoon in July or August. It will happen between 3 and…

The site of a proposed liquified natural gas processing plant in Wyalusing, Pa., is fenced off but no work has progressed there. The sponsors of the project, which is slated to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, face daunting political, logistical and economic challenges.

New obstacles loom large for Wyalusing-Gibbstown LNG project

A contentious plan to export liquified natural gas from a Delaware River port faces new political, economic and environmental headwinds that raise questions about its future. A new White House administration, a global market that was once white-hot that has considerably cooled in the past two years and pandemic-related workforce disruptions cast long shadows over…

Meg McGuire founder and publisher of Delaware Currents. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Meg McGuire, founder of Delaware Currents, is honored by PennFuture

Meg McGuire, the founder, publisher and editor of Delaware Currents, an online news magazine dedicated to covering the Delaware River and its watershed, has been named PennFuture’s 2021 Woman of Environmental Media, Marketing and Communications. The recognition honors a person who has established herself as “a credible source for presenting the public with information about…