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DRBC Will Hold Independent Hearings on Proposed PennEast Project

By a letter dated April 25, 2016 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has withdrawn its request for a joint public hearing and public meeting on the PennEast project. The DRBC will conduct separate hearings on the proposed project.

The DRBC is committed to a process that affords individuals the opportunity to comment on issues of concern to them that relate to the basin’s water resources. Because of the high level of interest in the PennEast project, the DRBC expects to conduct multiple public hearings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the states where the project is proposed to be located. DRBC does not currently anticipate holding hearings during calendar year 2016. These yet-to-be-scheduled hearings for the proposed PennEast project will be conducted separately from the DRBC’s regularly scheduled quarterly public hearings.

DRBC is committed to holding safe, secure, and orderly public hearings as part of a public input process that will include opportunities for both oral and written comments. Planning for this process will advance concurrently with DRBC’s ongoing technical review of PennEast’s application throughout 2016. A formal public comment period will be announced and comments will be actively solicited upon publication of the DRBC’s draft docket. Additional information on DRBC’s PennEast public comment process, including public hearing dates, times, locations, and procedures will be provided on the commission’s web site at www.drbc.net as soon as these details become available. In the interim, written comments on the project may be emailed to penneastapp@drbc.nj.gov.

Individuals and organizations wishing to be added to the DRBC’s Interested Parties List (IPL) for the proposed PennEast project should send their name, organization (if applicable), mailing address and email information to penneastapp@drbc.nj.gov or by U.S. mail to DRBC, Attn.: Project Review Section, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Parties on the IPL will receive public notices concerning the project directly when they are issued.