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Notice of Adjudicatory Hearing & Additional Written Comment Period
March 30, 2020 Update

In light of public health guidance to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Adjudicatory Hearing scheduled to commence on April 15, 2020 is postponed. Additional details will be posted here when available. Written comments may still be submitted electronically through April 24, 2020 via http://hearing.drbc.commentinput.com/. DRBC has no further information or comment at this time.

April 15, 2020 Adjudicatory Hearing (Postponed)

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an adjudicatory hearing (a trial-like proceeding) commencing April 15, 2020, on Docket D-2017-009-2, issued by the Commission on June 12, 2019, to Delaware River Partners, LLC for the project known as Gibbstown Logistics Center Dock 2. John D. Kelly, a hearing examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of State, will serve as Hearing Officer.

Hearing Location: The hearing will take place at the State of New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, Quakerbridge Plaza Building 9, Mercerville (Hamilton), NJ 08619, Hearing Room 1.

Hearing Dates: April 15, 2020 and successive business days through completion.

Hearing Start Time: The hearing on April 15, 2020 will run from 9 a.m. until no later than 4 p.m. The schedule on each successive hearing day is at the discretion of the Hearing Officer and may vary. During the hearing, please check this page daily after 4 p.m. for updates.

Seating: The hearing is open to the public. Approximately 40 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The building opens at 8 a.m. and all visitors must pass through security screening, operated by the State of New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, upon entering.

Hearing Procedure

The adjudicatory hearing will be conducted pursuant to Article 6 (Subpart F) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure – Sections 2.6.1 through 2.6.10 (18 CFR 401.71 – 401.90).

Accordingly, participants are limited to those interested parties who have been identified pursuant to Section 2.6.4(a) (18 CFR 401.84(a)), consisting of:

  • Docket holder Delaware River Partners, LLC;
  • Objectors The Delaware Riverkeeper and The Delaware Riverkeeper Network; and
  • Members of the Commission staff.

Members of the public will not be afforded an opportunity to speak during the hearing.

Written Comments

Additional written comments on Docket D-2017-009-2 for the Gibbstown Logistics Center Dock 2 will be accepted through April 24, 2020. Written comments may be submitted through the Commission’s web-based comment system: http://hearing.drbc.commentinput.com/

Use of the web-based system ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged. For assistance, please contact Giselle Hernandez at giselle.hernandez@drbc.gov

Exceptions to the use of this system are available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.

Supplementary Information

The Commission on June 6, 2019 held a duly noticed public hearing on a draft of Docket D-2017-009-2 for the Gibbstown Logistics Center Dock 2. The Commission accepted written comment on the draft docket through 5 p.m. on June 7, 2019. Pursuant to Section 3.8 of the Delaware River Basin Compact, Pub.L. 87-328, 75 Stat. 688, the Commission by unanimous vote at its regularly scheduled quarterly business meeting on June 12, 2019 approved the final docket, incorporating changes made in response to comments received on the draft.

In accordance with Article 6 (Subpart F) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, The Delaware Riverkeeper and The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (collectively, "DRN") by letter dated July 11, 2019 requested an adjudicatory hearing on the docket approval, and during its business meeting of September 11, 2019, the Commission granted DRN’s request.


Accommodations for Special Needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the adjudicatory hearing should contact the Commission Secretary directly at 609-883-9500 ext. 203 or through the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

Additional Information, Contacts. Additional public records relating to Docket D-2017-009-2 may be obtained through a request in accordance with Article 8 (Subpart H) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure. See https://www.state.nj.us/drbc/about/public/records-access.html for details, and/or contact Denise McHugh at 609-883-9500, ext. 240.  

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Initially Posted: March 1, 2020
Notice Updated: March 30, 2020