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    DELAWARE CURRENTS ON WJFF-FM

    Meg McGuire is a regular guest on WJFF's program "Making Waves." The show is on every Monday at 8 p.m., Meg is on every third Monday to talk about current issues on the Delaware.

The Lehigh River, seen from the Lehigh Canal, just upriver from Easton, Pa. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

1,4-dioxane found in Delaware, Lehigh Rivers

A manmade chemical called 1,4-dioxane “a likely human carcinogen,” has been found in the Delaware River in the more industrialized section of the river and in the Lehigh River and south — that part of the river designated by the Delaware River Basin Commission as Special Protection Waters. Here’s some mapping of the sites: www.drbc.maps.arcgis.com…

One of the mammoth rock walls that loom over I-80 in the Delaware Water Gap in the area between milepost 1.15 and 1.25. PHOTO FROM NJDOT

Opposition to Rockwell project near Delaware Water Gap grows

The arguments about NJDOT’s rockfall project are gathering steam. NJ leglslators are joining froces with local officials who question the need for the project.

It doesn't look like much right now, but this plot of concrete is the foundation of a natural gas processing plant in Wyalusing, Pa., built by New Fortress Energy. Liquified natural gas would be transported from here by truck or rail to a port in Gibbstown, N.J., on the shores of the Delaware River. Construction is on a temporary delay. PHOTO BY CHRIS MELE

Gibbstown LNG Project: Many Hurdles Remain

A planned project to transport liquified natural gas from a plant in Pennsylvania to a port in New Jersey still has to finish a Rubik’s Cube-like puzzle of regulatory, logistical and legal hurdles before becoming a reality. Pieces of the complex plan have so far gained approvals from at least 19 different local, state and…

It doesn't look like much right now, but this plot of concrete is the foundation of a natural gas processing plant in Wyalusing, Pa., built by New Fortress Energy. Liquified natural gas would be transported from here by truck or rail to a port in Gibbstown, N.J., on the shores of the Delaware River. Construction is on a temporary delay. PHOTO BY CHRIS MELE

Gibbstown LNG Project: Many Hurdles Remain

A planned project to transport liquified natural gas from a plant in Pennsylvania to a port in New Jersey still has to finish a Rubik’s Cube-like puzzle of regulatory, logistical and legal hurdles before becoming a reality. Pieces of the complex plan have so far gained approvals from at least 19 different local, state and…

An aerial photo of the natural gas processing site in Wyalusing, Pa., where construction has been temporarily halted. The company behind the project expects production of LNG to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Credit: The Rocket-Courier of Wyalusing, Pa.

Gibbstown LNG Project: Chronology

Aug. 21, 2017: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration receives an application from Energy Transport Solutions, a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy, for a special permit to transport “methane, refrigerated liquid,” otherwise known as liquid natural gas, in specialized rail cars. Oct. 2, 2017: The DOT publishes a notice in the…

A paddler's eye view, looking downriver towards the Walt Whitman Bridge, with Philadelphia on your right, Camden on your left. PHOTOT BY MEG MCGUIRE

27 miles to go: getting the last piece of the Delaware swimmable and fishable

Of the 330 miles of the main stem Delaware River, only 27 miles aren’t swimmable and fishable — the designations used by the Clean Water Act as the national goal for all waters. But there’s a plan afoot to find solutions.

A screen shot of a slide indicating the multitude of water issues that are affected by climate change presented by DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change.

DRBC’s Climate Change Committee weighs risks in the near- and far-term.

A new DRBC climate change committee seeks to get the best-informed, most reliable data for the entire Delaware River watershed and work on local problems that sea-level rise is already creating, as well as discovering what the future holds.

Vanessa Keegan, 41, lives in Gibbstown with her boyfriend and 3-year-old son a block from the railroad tracks that will carry liquid natural gas to an export facility on the Delaware River. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Fears for safety and climate surround LNG export terminal planned on the Delaware

Plans for a new half-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas export terminal on the Delaware River in South Jersey were greenlighted by the Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday

LNG Carrier with Moss Tanks – Illustration Image – Credits: Wolfgang Meinhart/wikimedia.org

LNG Gibbstown, N.J. Project Inching Through Permitting Process

The controversial construction of a second dock at the Rapauno Port & Rail Terminal in Gibbstown, N.J. may be approved at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) fourth-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. 

One of the mammoth rock walls that loom over I-80 in the Delaware Water Gap in the area between milepost 1.15 and 1.25. PHOTO FROM NJDOT

Delaware Water Gap Rockfall Plan: It’s Local Officials vs. DOT

One of I-80s most picturesque sites is the subject of a years-long argument between NJDOT, who say traffic on the road is endangered by falling rocks, and local officials who don’t believe the NJDOT.