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Call in This Week – May 13 through 17 - Stop HB827!


UPDATE: 2019-05-16:

HB827, the Pennsylvania House bill aimed at stifling DRBC’s ability to enact a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed by bankrupting it, has been stalled! The bill was debated on the floor of the House for final passage but the bill was not voted on, presumably because there were not enough votes to pass it. The bill is not dead, but it has been held up for now.

Your persistent calls to the legislators for a “NO” vote on HB827 made the difference needed to stop the bill’s trajectory. The next voting session of the House is June 3 so we have time to build opposition to this illegal and wrongheaded bill that would make DRBC subject to eminent domain, forcing payments to property owners prevented from fracking their land. The PA legislature cannot dictate the interstate DRBC’s practices and a ban on fracking is a protection of peoples’ rights and the environment, not a “taking”. THANK YOU to all who called, stay tuned for new actions to permanently stop HB827!

PA House of Representatives to hold final vote on bill that could prevent fracking ban.

Please make a call to your Representative in the PA House asking for a NO vote on HB827, legislation cited as "Designating certain activity by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) as the exercise of the power of eminent domain that entitles the owners of the property in question to appropriate and just compensation."  HB827 must be stopped before it goes any further!

Contact information for your Representative by filling out the form below. Or manually look up your representative here:

Call your representative now to say you oppose HB827 because:

  • The bill is illegal. The DRBC has authority to make decisions regarding the water resources of the Delaware River Watershed. HB827 would violate the Compact and principles of federalism, as a state cannot unilaterally impose requirements on an interstate compact commission.
  • Functions carried out by the DRBC such as prohibiting an industrial activity are proper and necessary to protect the public and environmental resources. It is a matter of settled law that agencies make decisions that affect land use, water resources, and property as a matter of course.A fracking ban is not subject to eminent domain. This an attempt to bankrupt DRBC and unfairly burden public dollars if they enact a permanent ban on fracking.

Read HB827 here:

An agency regulation to ban fracking is not an exercise of eminent domain and does not require compensation to private property owners nor can the State Legislature tell DRBC what to do. See the letter submitted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network in opposition to the bill here.

HB827 is a dangerous attempt to undermine reasonable government efforts to protect the health, safety and environment from the destruction caused by fracking.  A duly adopted ban on fracking benefits peoples’ health and the environment, it’s an important preservation of our environmental rights, and it’s not an exercise of eminent domain.