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George & I have been protesting fracking for 10 years with the DRN and NJ Sierra Club at rallies and on-water paddling events too.

 

“This is a victory in our battle to protect the Delaware River Basin for now and in the future. Just as important, they are taking the critical next step to move forward with a full ban. We have to come out and help them as they work to get it done. There will be public hearings and comment periods, and we need to make sure that we help them do the right thing. The Delaware River is an environmental treasure on the East Coast that supplies the clean drinking water for more than 15 million people. The River includes acres of forests, open space, and waterways that provides habitat for hundreds of wildlife species,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “We want to thank the Governors, including Governor Murphy, for voting to ban fracking and for moving forward with a full ban. Today is one of the most important days we’ve had in a long time to protect the Delaware River for future generations.”

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

February 25, 2021

Contact: Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club, 609-558-9100

 

DRBC Bans Fracking and Moves Towards a Full Ban

 

Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) voted to approve the Proposed Amendments to the Administrative Manual and Special Regulations Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Activities. The proposed amendments include the prohibition of high volume hydraulic fracturing in shale and other rock formations, provisions related to water use for hydraulic fracturing, and provisions related to the management of produced water from hydraulic fracturing. The DRBC also adopted Resolution 2021-02 to open up a comment period for a comprehensive ban that would include the importation of fracking wastewater and the exportation of water for fracking.

 

“This is a big win today in the battle to ban fracking on the Delaware River. This historic vote means that fracking can no longer take place in the Basin. More importantly, the Commission is working towards a full ban including the discharge of wastewater and taking of drinking water for fracking. This ban is critical. It will help protect the drinking water for 15 million people from water pollution. It also means that there won’t be pipelines built to take that gas to the market, protecting even more land and water. It is important that Governor Murphy and the other Governors finally did this,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This is a first giant step toward getting a full ban that will end up banning all fracking activities.”

 

According to the DRBC, they have “determined that high volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant, immediate and long-term risks to the development, conservation, utilization, management, and preservation of the water resources of the Delaware River Basin and to Special Protection Waters of the Basin, considered by the Commission to have exceptionally high scenic, recreational, ecological, and/or water supply values.”

 

“This is a great day for the Delaware River. After fifteen years, we’ve finally been able to ban fracking in the Basin. Even though we had this victory today, we need to make sure that the ban is comprehensive and includes fracking waste and water withdrawals for fracking. Fracking involves injecting huge amounts of water and chemicals in rock formations that can pollute surrounding aquifers and waterways. This requires mixing millions of gallons of water with toxic chemicals including volatile organic chemicals like benzene, methyl benzene, formaldehyde, and others that are linked to cancer,” said Tittel. “Looking at also banning dumping of waste and water withdrawals is critical to stop fracking. By not allowing waste to come here, fracking companies will have less places to take their waste so less fracking will happen across the country.”

 

Banning fracking is important to protect public health and the environment. Fracking involves injecting huge amounts of water and chemicals in rock formations that can pollute surrounding aquifers and waterways. This requires mixing millions of gallons of water with toxic chemicals including volatile organic chemicals like benzene, methyl benzene, formaldehyde, and others that are linked to cancer. 

 

“It is critical that the DRBC is taking the next steps to get to a full ban and really protect us. They removed language that allowed for the importation of waste or exportation of water for fracking. They also passed a resolution that will prohibit these activities in the future. Governor Murphy came out for a full ban 4 years ago, and he signed a letter with Governors Carney and Wolf in 2018 supporting a full ban. Now they need to keep their word. Dumping fracking wastewater is dangerous because it contains over 600 different toxic chemicals, many of them carcinogenic. This could lead also to pollution and contaminated drinking water,” said Tittel. “Without this ban, we could have seen tens of thousands of wells in the Basin, hundreds of thousands of acres destroyed, and billions of gallons of water would have been polluted. We need to make sure that they move forward with a comprehensive fracking ban to protect the Delaware River.”

 

The Delaware River Basin covers 13,000 sq. miles of land in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. By banning fracking, the DRBC is helping to protect the public health and preserve the waters of the Basin for uses in accordance with their Comprehensive Plan.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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January 21, 2021   UPDATE!

In accordance with the Sierra Club policy due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19,
all NJ Chapter Outings are cancelled at least through July 4, 2021.

 

 

 

Dear Sierra Club Members, Volunteers and Friends,

 

In accordance with the Sierra Club policy due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 all

NJ Chapter Outings are cancelled indefinitely.

 

Based on National’s decision that there's just

 no evidence to support easing restrictions or letting up our safety precautions.

 

 

Wishing everyone good health and well-being through these extraordinary times.   We look forward to seeing you on future Outings when we can resume offering them.

 

We encourage you to enjoy the local outdoors on your own: this should be a perfect time for individuals to get into the woods with clippers for trail maintenance, ears tuned for evening frog symphonies, eyes right for spring buds. 

 

Please check that your local park is open before going there, and please maintain a 6-foot distance from everyone as recommended by the CDC.    

 

 

Stay well,

 

Ellen Blumenkrantz

Outings Chair

Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter

 


March 13, 2020

 

How the Sierra Club Is Responding

to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Michael Brune

 

As we all begin to deal with a global pandemic, I want to let you know how the Sierra Club is adapting and responding, so we can keep doing the important work of protecting our natural environment and fighting for a just, clean energy future.

First, we’re prioritizing the health of our volunteers, activists, staff, and entire community. The COVID-19 pandemic is a social and economic justice issue, as well as a health crisis. Protecting our community is our number one priority, and we recognize that we have a social responsibility to be good actors in keeping others safe, too.

Here are some specific steps we’re taking: 

  • We are requiring all nonessential staff and volunteers to work from home between now and April 12th;

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  • We are suspending all Sierra Club planned events of any size for the next month, including all volunteer and staff in-person meetings; and,

  • We are drawing down Outings across the organization, and more specific guidance and planning will be issued next week

While we may not be able to meet up in public, we are continuing to build a strong community of changemakers online. Please keep following us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram for your daily dose of inspiration, reliable information, and activism. You can also join our Resist Facebook group to connect with other activists creating a community of positive social interaction focused on protecting the environment. You can also subscribe to our Daily Ray of Hope for uplifting and inspirational pictures and quotes.

I also want to acknowledge that this crisis is impacting all of us in different ways. Many of us are  processing feelings of fear, isolation, confusion, anger, and sadness around this pandemic, and how it is being handled by a reckless administration that puts vulnerable communities last. In the past few weeks, I’ve been angered by accounts of racism and harm experienced by those identifying as Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander. I encourage you to put yourself in other people’s shoes and engage with sensitivity and care.

This crisis shows how deeply we depend on one another to act for a greater common good. While social distancing may be necessary at this time, it is also increasingly necessary for us to come together to work through this crisis. While some will try to use this time to demagogue and sow distrust and fear, we need to overcome that by creating real community and trust and listening to experts and science. 

In this frightening, uncertain moment, we must take care of ourselves and our beloved communities -- so we are able to keep up the fight for the places and people we care about most deeply.


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