Monday, July 16, 2012

SRBC Suspends More Water Withdrawals

You know it's dry when:
  • farmers debate whether they should irrigate the corn or throw in the towel
  • the grass beneath your feet is crunchy
  • the SRBC tells drillers they can't pump water out of the streams because the flow's too low.
Seems like just a couple weeks ago that the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) suspended water withdrawals. Today they announced that they're suspending 64 separate water withdrawals due to lower streamflow levels in the Susquehanna basin.  The suspended withdrawals are operated by 33 companies, most operating in Pennsylvania but a couple in New York.

However, SRBC noted that there will continue to be some water-related activities where withdrawal quantities are insignificant compared to streamflows. Also, water withdrawals that are not associated with gas development and are less than 100,000 gallons per day are not subject to SRBC’s regulations. Read the entire announcement - and list of halted water withdrawals - here.

1 comment:

  1. The problem is Cabot could not read the permit at the site in Great Bend and only stoped after a local government official took action after hearing enough people talk about how Cabot is still taking water from the river even after they seen the article in the local paper.