Stephen Strunk – Dreaming of Rivers
Trenton, NJ: The November 21, 2011 vote to be held at the Trenton War Memorial by the Delaware River Basin Commission has been cancelled according to sources. The vote was to seek approval of regulations that would have allowed shale gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin by the beginning of 2012.
The last minute cancellation is the second time this vote has been put off. And this time is believed to be in response to an announcement by the Governor of Delaware that he would vote against the regulatory / drilling proposal.
Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum praised Governor Markell. “Governor Markell has listened to the will of the people, to the science and to the tremendous environmental and community harm being caused by gas drilling where it is happening.
The issue of shale gas drilling has finally moved out of the political arena and is now being treated as an issue of genuine public policy concern,” said Delaware Riverkeeper van Rossum.
“The residents of this region stood firm and demanded protection from the ravages of gas drilling; forcing the politicians to listen or risk their political ambitions,” van Rossum added.
All day long I’ve been dreaming of Rivers
My tasks elude me
eyes wandering East
following the backbone of ridges
between which the Delaware flows
Finally, all day in the heat
I pump the old farm pump
handle worn smooth
like river stones
by generations of calloused hands
Bowing I drink from the Cold Clear Water!
Date: November 23, 2011
Categories: Stephen Strunk