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DRBC Head Carol Collier To Retire In 2014

Carol Collier, Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, will retire in March 2014.

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Carol Collier, Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, will retire in March 2014.

Carol Collier, longtime Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission has announced she will be retiring come March 2014 and she has a lot on her to-do list.

One thing Collier hopes to accomplish in the next six months is “defining a strategy for natural gas in the basin.”

Collier addressed those present at a business meeting of the commission today.

“I have served as executive director for 15 years and believe that is long enough for the good of the person and the position,” she said. “It has truly been an honor to serve the basin community.”

Collier was appointed in August 1998 and was the first woman to lead the interstate agency, according to a press release on her announcement. Under her watch, the commission’s role in regulating Marcellus Shale development in the areas along the Delaware has come under fierce public scrutiny. Fracking there has been on hold since 2010 when the five commissioners voted to delay a decision until they adopt new regulations.

But just what does Collier mean by “developing a strategy?” That’s the question groups on both sides of the drilling debate in the Delaware River Basin are asking.

Delaware Riverkeeper Maya Van Rossum hopes it’s not an indication of the commission’s intention to allow drilling within the basin.

“That would be a very sad legacy for Carol Collier if a strategy is anything short of continuing the moratorium of shale gas development in perpetuity,” Van Rossum said.

Landowners with the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance who have been pushing the commission to make a decision by writing letters to Collier and even threatening to sue the DRBC, are focusing on the positive.

Spokesman Peter Wynne finds it “very encouraging,” but, said he’s not sure what Collier’s intentions are.

“What is a strategy for natural gas? The strategy could be ‘no natural gas.’ That word is deliciously ambiguous.”

Comments

  • Ladderback

    Maybe she’ll have more time to help the Delaware Riverkeeper and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.

  • KeepTapWaterSafe

    Maybe she’ll have more time to read all the scientific data on how shale gas development, pipelines and infrastructure are a dangerous threat to the watershed!

  • Balicon

    So tired of hearing from Peter Wynne every time there is a story regarding the DRBC. He represents a small group of landowners who made a bad deal. They should be pleased that they may have a chance to re-negotiate their leases if gas drilling does come to Wayne County. Meanwhile, the DRBC under Ms. Collier has built itself into an interesting source of regulatory power by stepping into the void left by a weakened PaDEP under a corrupted Governor in Harrisberg and a hobbled EPA under the influence of energy lobbies obviously reaching all the way into the White House. The Delaware River Basin has served as a kind of control group as we see what devastation is visited on the rest of the state of Pennsylvania by this reckless experiment of hydraulic fracturing the earth. I think we can wait a little longer for complete results.

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