Nature Groups Address NJ Gas Drilling


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MyVeronaNJ-DrillingIf you think drilling for natural gas is something that only happens off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, think again: Drillers currently have seven applications to work in the Upper Delaware River watershed, according to, and they have leased some 200,000 acres of land.

On Tuesday, February 9, at 7 p.m., the West Essex Park Conservancy and the Essex Sierra Club Singles Group will present a talk on the potential impact of this drilling on our drinking water, “Will We Sacrifice Our Water for Gas?”. The speaker will be Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of Delaware Riverkeeper Network. She will also discuss the so-called Halliburton Loophole, which exempts gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act and other federal environmental laws.

The talk will be held at the Essex County Environmental Center. Tickets are $7 per adult and free for WEPC/Sierra Club members. For information, call 973-228-8776.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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