The Thread Needler

The Headwaters of the Delaware: Threatened by Fracking

I’m starting a second job this week, so I’ll be posting less frequently for the next few months. I’ll miss some days, and on others (like today) my posts will be brief.

But I’ll try to make up for it in quality!

This morning, I visited the headwaters of the Delaware River, at the edge of Catskill Park.

The Delaware River is just a creek at this place, and barely upstream it’s a swamp. Surrounding the river, wavy, hazel fields culminate in fairly-miniature wooded mountains, with sunlight spilling around them, casting curved, contrasted sheets of brightness onto shadowed terrain.

Naturally, this fragile locale rests dangerously atop Marcellus shale – right in the middle of fracking territory.

I took some photos.

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Catskill Mountain Keeper:

The Delaware River Basin is a 13,539 square mile territory that stretches from New York’s Delaware County south to Delaware Bay and includes much of Sullivan County in New York State. Over 15,000,000 people rely on the waters of the Delaware River Basin for drinking, agricultural and industrial use. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York signed a compact with the force of law to create a regional body to manage the Delaware River and the land through which it runs. It was the first time the federal government and a group of states joined to oversee a river basin.

[That body] is now in the process of creating regulations under which gas drilling using hydrofracking can be done. Up to 20,000 gas wells are being proposed for the region.

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