WEST TRENTON, N.J. — The agency that oversees water quality and quantity in the Delaware River basin says it needs more time to work on regulations for the natural gas drilling industry.
The Delaware River Basin Commission said Friday in a statement that draft regulations are still being refined, with the goal of ensuring “protection of basin waters while minimizing regulatory duplication.”
The DRBC has declared a moratorium on new Marcellus Shale drilling projects until the regulations are drafted. The commission had expected to release the rules by the end of summer, then said they would be ready by mid-October. The DRBC now says the regulations will likely be ready for public consumption in November or December.
The DRBC is a compact agency representing the federal government and the states of Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.