The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance or NWPOA has merged with the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens or UDRBC to fight the DRBC beast for its rights.
A sleeping giant has been awakened. An historic merger recently took place as a huge landowner alliance, the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, joined forces with the newly formed Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens Association creating a mega alliance in the fight for property owner rights and against the overreach of the Delaware River Basin Commission.
According to Bob Rutledge, President of NWPOA, there was always talk of forming a huge coalition of landowners, and it finally came to fruition under the leadership of Ned Lang, President of the UDRBC.
“The advantage of this merger is that the focus is not just on a limited region of Wayne County but crosses county lines and state lines as well.”
Ned Lang feels this merger is of extreme importance now that the DRBC is extending its influence way beyond the reach of its compact.
“The overreach of the DRBC will affect landowner rights, not just centered on the exploration for and extraction of natural gas in the watershed, but will also have a negative impact on other industries as well, targeting agriculture, construction, mining, and timber. The rogue agency has $30 million in its coffers and has begun down the slippery slope of sustaining itself and answering to no one. This is especially nefarious since they are not elected officials.”
Three of the Commissioners sit on both the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the Delaware River Basin Commission. They vote one way in the SRB and the exact opposite in the DRB as a result of the powerful influence of the William Penn Foundation and The Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The DRKN is represented on 5 of the 7 committees at the DRBC, yet is poised to sue the DRBC if it allows drilling for natural gas.
The UDRBC welcomes other landowner coalitions and individuals to join and become a part of this merger. Their website is udrbc.org.
Editor’s Note: The UDRBC/NWPOA merger is a very welcome event. These newly combined groups are engaged in a fight for the life of the Upper Delaware as a place to live and raise a family. They’re fighting against those who’d prefer it be a wilderness for the enjoyment of the wealthy elites who fund the likes of the Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Delaware Riverkeeper. I’m talking about the Rockefeller and Haas families and their trust-funder kin and various like-minded associates. The now enlarged UDRBC needs your help with the fight. Become a member. Attend meetings and hearings. Write letters. Talk to your elected representatives. Speak up and speak out. Make noise. This is the time for brave hearts!