Environmental Group Defends DRBC Moratorium

Responding to Governor Corbett’s recent letter urging the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to take action to end its moratorium on gas development, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network sent DRBC a memorandum defending the moratorium and responding to leaseholder claims that DRBC’s inaction constitutes an uncompensated regulatory taking.  Delaware Riverkeeper emphasized that the moratorium does not deprive landowners of all economically beneficial use of their land, and that economic loss resulting from the moratorium is mitigated by the ability to use the land for other reasonable purposes.  DRBC is scheduled to hold its next public hearing on Tuesday, July 16, followed by a business meeting on Wednesday, July 17.