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DRBC Exercises Jurisdiction over PennEast Pipeline Project

In September, 2014, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network submitted a formal petition to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) requesting the agency take jurisdiction over the proposed PennEast pipeline project; DRN also crafted an action alert calling for letters from the public which has resulted in the submission of well over 500 citizen letters. Initially DRBC resisted jurisdiction, but follow-up letters from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network along with a deliberate press strategy and growing public pressure finally convinced the agency otherwise. In November, the DRBC Executive Director wrote Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum to say it would be requiring a DRBC docket (or permit) before the pipeline could proceed.