Use Your Camera to Help us keep the Delaware River Watershed Frack-Free!

Photo Courtesy of Heron's Eye CommunicationsWill you take a picture of a special place in the Delaware River Basin that you don’t want destroyed? Or a picture of your family, your friends, your pets, or an important “reason to protect” the Delaware that you are willing to share with the officials at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), who will ultimately decide the fate of our treasured river valley?

Two years ago, Catskill Mountainkeeper and our allies rallied activists across four states to put pressure on the DRBC to cancel a high-stakes meeting in Trenton, NJ. In this meeting, members of the DRBC were expected to adopt fatally flawed regulations that would lift the moratorium on gas drilling and open the Watershed to fracking for gas.

Since then the watershed has remained frack-free, but now the DRBC is under mounting pressure to pass these regulations and open the basin to fracking.

The five members of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) – the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and President Obama’s representative, the Army Corps of Engineers -- voted for a moratorium on drilling in May, 2010. They tried to lift the moratorium on November 21, 2011, and we don’t want another attempt, ever!

This is why we are asking all of you to join with us to tell the members of the DRBC about the beautiful, unique and irreplaceable features of 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.

Want to join other activists? Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Green Door Magazine and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability are organizing a "photo booth" at the Callicoon Farmer's Market on the Delaware River this Sunday, November 17th between 11am and 2pm.

Every photo will be printed and included in a scrapbook that we will present to the Commissioners at their December 3rd public meeting, and you are welcome to join us.

IMPORTANT: Submit your photo no later than November 22nd to our partner, the Delaware Riverkeeper, at: [email protected] to make sure we can include it in the scrapbook.

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, and frack-free for millions of years to come! If you haven’t already signed the pledge to protect the Delaware, please take a moment to do so now and get three friends to do the same: www.pledgeofprotection.org

Please support the effort by sending this to your friends and family.

*Special thanks to our friends at Heron's Eye Communications for sharing these beautiful photos of the Delaware River.

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