Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains creating the Deleware Water Gap. New Jersey / Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Posnov/Getty Images

Environment USA1. April 2021

Fracking Ban Means Safer Drinking Water (for 17 Million People)

Fracking has been outlawed in the region of the Delaware River Basin, located in the Eastern part of the United States, thus protecting the drinkable water supply for the residents and the habitat for many local species.

“The fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin is a momentous victory for public health, the environment, and against climate change,” says Kimberly Ong, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s an important step in the country’s transition away from dirty fossil fuels, and toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to power our future.”

The Basin provides drinking water to 17 million people across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and is among the most important American fisheries. The native trout, the American eel, and the bald eagle all call home this critical habitat.


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