January 01, 2017

Regulating Water Use for Energy Development in the Susquehanna River Basin

Jason Oyler

As a federal-state compact agency, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) manages the water resources of the basin, flowing from New York to Pennsylvania and Maryland and, ultimately, to the Chesapeake Bay. The SRBC has been at the center of the natural gas development of the Marcellus Shale and the public scrutiny and controversy surrounding the industry’s use of water resources. This article describes the SRBC’s regulatory response to the emergence of this new energy development, the challenges in dealing with the conflicts inherent in the management of public water resources, the need for new or upgraded interstate pipelines, and the expansion of natural gas-powered electric power generation.

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