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DRBC Meeting - BUS TRIP CANCELED

The Bus is headed to Washington Crossing, PA on December 3, to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) meeting. Please scroll down for all the trip details.
To secure your seat on the bus:
 1. fill out the following form
and click Submit
 2. send your contribution
by clicking the Add to Cart button under the form, or mail a check (payable to Bus For Progress) to Kathy Maher at 1201 Evergreen Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712.
 3. optionally, contribute to the banner
 
 



Background.
The Delaware River Basin Commission ("DRBC") will soon be deciding if fracking will be allowed in the Delaware basin, or if the moratorium will be permanent.  The next important DRBC meeting is coming up on Tuesday, December 3 at 1:30 PM in Washington Crossing, PA.  It is vital that we remind the Commissioners that the public is increasingly against fracking, and it should vote to permanently ban it. The Bus for Progress is joining with friends from the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and others to bring as many people to this meeting as possible. Read the email below from the Sierra Club with information on how to testify (optional).

We are hoping to drive the Bus for Progress to the meeting, and bring along folks from Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer Counties.  Don't worry about directions, traffic, parking, etc.  Let us do the driving!

Pickup locations.
  • 11:10 AM in Red Bank behind the Tri-Parkway Corporate Park building, on 200 Schulz Drive (enter at intersection with Half Mile Road), just blocks from the Garden State Parkway exit 109 entrance.
  • 11:30 AM at the Garden State Parkway (Wall Township) Mile 100 Rest Stop. The bus will be in the commuter lot at the very south end (down the hill towards Belmar Blvd.).
  • 12:00 PM at the Jackson Outlet Mall, 537 Monmouth Road, just north of Highway 195.  Park near the Bananna Republic on the left.
  • 12:30 PM at the Home Depot parking lot on 130 South in Robbinsville, just south of Highway 195.
  • 1:15 PM - arrive at the Washington Crossing Visitor Center, PA.
Please arrive at the pickup location 10 minutes early, so you are ready to hop on the bus when it arrives!

Reserving a seat.
We are asking for a $25 donation for round trip travel from Red Bank, a $20 donation from Wall or Jackson, and a $15 donation from Robbinsville. (Bus Driver members get a 10% discount.).  The Bus holds 25 people. Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds from the trip support the Bus for Progress.  We need 18 passengers to make this trip possible.  If we are unable to get that many by December 1st, all monies will be refunded.  See our Cancellation Policy.

The Bus will be decorated with signs to ban fracking, and will begin to make a statement even before it arrives in Pennsylvania.  We would like to print a new banner which states "NO FRACKING IN THE DELAWARE RIVER BASIN!"  Even if you cannot attend our trip on December 3, can you chip in $5 or $10 to have the banner printed?  It will be used for other upcoming events as well.  Donors to the banner will be invited to sign their names on the banner itself.

A DRBC decision to allow fracking in the Delaware River basin would be simply devastating to NJ and its neighbors!  We must constantly remind the DRBC that the people are against fracking, and they are paying attention!  The more people we can bring with us, the larger message we'll convey.  Invite a friend!

The Bus for Progress is a very fun and comfortable way to travel.  With a full restroom, couches, tables, chairs, a microwave, coffee maker and cooler, you'll enjoy the ride and make new friends along the way.


Sierra Club email
November 21st marks the second Anniversary of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s cancellation of a vote that would have allowed natural gas drilling in the watershed. At the meeting, Commissioners were expected to lift the moratorium on gas drilling by adopting fatally flawed regulations. 

We had mobilized for action at the anticipated meeting but when it was cancelled we were delighted to be able to turn from action to celebration.  Over 1,000 from across the region came out to Trenton to celebrate and pledge our resolve to keep the Delaware River watershed frack-free and to work to fight the ravages of the industry everywhere.  We have kept that pledge. 

November 21, 2011 was the first attempt to lift the prohibition on drilling; a moratorium that had been adopted by a unanimous vote of the five Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) members – the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and President Obama’s representative, the Army Corps of Engineers -- in May 2010.  We don’t want another attempt, ever!

Join with us to tell the members of the DRBC what it is about this watershed that you want protected. Please snap a photo of a special place you don’t want destroyed, a picture of your family, your friends, your pets, or an important “reason to protect” that you want to share with these officials who have maintained this moratorium. You can also use a picture you already have.  We will be binding them together in a scrapbook that we will present to the Commissioners at their December 3 public meeting. 

On November 21 people and groups will be celebrating the cancellation of the meeting by gathering at various places for photo shoots to add to the scrapbook.  Please join in with local gatherings as you hear of them or make up your own - creativity welcome!  Don’t have time for a gathering? No worries, you can take your own special photo whenever or wherever you choose, or pick one from your family archives, to mark the moment. 

IMPORTANT: Submit your photo at the latest by November 22, to debra@delawareriverkeeper.org to make sure we can include it in the scrapbook.

You can also help us bring the “Protect the Watershed” message directly to the Commissioners on December 3rd.  Join us at the DRBC meeting to present the album and tell the Commissioners why you want to see the Delaware watershed frack free.  Carpool options are available for traveling to the meeting.   

DRBC Public Meeting

When:                  December 3rd at 1:30 pm

Where:                 Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center

                             1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Sign up in advance to testify by emailing paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us

The Delaware has been frack-free since the shale formations were created about 380 million years ago. Let’s make sure it is clean, healthy, drill and frack free for millions of years to come!