NWPOA Merges with UDRBC to Fight for Citizen Rights

Upper Delaware
River Basin Citizens


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.


Ned Lang (UDRBC) and Bob Rutledge (NWPOA)

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!

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6 thoughts on “NWPOA Merges with UDRBC to Fight for Citizen Rights

  1. wonder what all you landowners did before gas drilling and exploration became an issue…

    did you not live and raise families and have producing farms before gas..

    you have made gas your false Savior and you will reap the dire results of trusting in such a Savior.

    have any of you, the President of this new organization come for a Citizen Gas Tour that we conduct in our gas-developed counties like mine and see what has happened and is happening next to our homes and farms and meet the harmed landowners.

    check out http://www.marcellusgas.org and see all the violations and problems found.

    here is the latest casing failure of six gas wells in my county ; still happening and I spoke to DEP Inspector yesterday and he told me of the gas migration and water well pollution down from this site…it’s still happening in our county. see if you want to risk your water and air from the 50 plus gas compressor stations in my county …
    here is a link for the site and the Foltz Gas Pad and its violations.
    you have to pay to get into this site. I believe you can have several free visits.
    search for Susquehanna County and Foltz is the name of the site.
    we have over 1,000 DEP violations in my county since 2008 and counting.
    People fought to keep the Delaware River Basin safe and there are much more people affected in that basin.
    our SRBC basin was not fought by anyone that I know of and it did not ban the gas drilling..
    count your blessings and remember you all lived, survived, thrived and had generations of life before gas.

    Cabot Oil and Gas has the most violations and fines and settlements and lawsuits in my county. We have a total of seven gas companies operating at various times in our county.

    Don’t risk your beautiful counties….

  2. Vera, To answer your question, yes, our farms used to support our families, about 40 years ago. Not any more. I grew up on a dairy farm so I know first hand how life is on a farm. On our farm in the 70’s, my father and uncle made a good living and could buy some new equipment almost annually, always had new cars, and had money left over. Of course they worked hard as hell seven days a week.

    Then it started changing in the 80’s; less new equipment and had to borrow money to buy it. They were literally working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week just to barely stay above water. I can recall coming home from a night out and finding my father asleep with his face in his dinner plate at 2 in the morning, because that’s when he got done at night. 5 am comes around pretty quick from there and another day begins. They both worked basically worked till they died in the late 90’s. Wayne County has gone from around 700 dairy farms back in the 70’s to around 40 today. So, no life on the farm is not as wonderful as you may think.

    I feel for the folks still trying to make a living milking, it’s not getting any easier. I think I understand why they continue, love of the work, love of the land, don’t know what else to do because farming is all they know. For me the biggie is wanting to keep our farm in the family and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way since for many of us, our families have worked the same land for close to two centuries.

    I personally view natural gas as the next cash crop my farm can produce to sustain itself. After all, that is why farmers own land; to make a living. Otherwise all it’s good for is supporting the local schools, not farm families.

    So instead of us parents wishing our children out of Wayne County to find greener pastures, wouldn’t it be wonderful if our family farms could once again provide a comfortable living for the next generation.

    • Excellent response to Vera’s same old tired arguments. Must be her “trespassing tour” business is slow and she’s looking for free advertising here. Trouble is we already went on a tour by invitation that was right on a well pad. Tom even reminded her of that last week but must be she has forgotten already.

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