Escalating Backlash Against Fracking Spurs Change of Critical Vote
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.—“As backlash against fracking gains speed, the Delaware River Basin Commission’s decision to delay their vote on the process demonstrates that they are afraid to face the public outcry. It is clear that the commission’s motive for moving its vote to a holiday week is an attempt to preclude the public from attending this historic meeting.
“Not only are they timing the new vote to discourage public participation, the fact that they feel this is necessary shows the undemocratic nature of the commission. We feel strongly that the commission should not be voting to move forward with fracking. Instead, it should protect the drinking water of 15 million Americans from this dangerous practice in this critical watershed.
“While delaying the vote to the week of Thanksgiving is a clear attempt to squelch public involvement in this critical issue, no level of inconvenience is going to deter us from opposing this toxic, polluting practice.”
Contact: Jim Walsh, Food and Water Watch: (732) 979-6883, jwalsh(at)fwwatch(dot)org.