The Susquehanna River Basin Commission approved 22 new water withdrawal and consumptive use applications at the group’s quarterly meeting last Thursday, according to a release from the commission.
The majority of the approved water consumption applications were for oil and gas extraction. Hydraulic fracturing is a widespread practice in the area and many energy and petroleum companies applied to use water in the river basin.
A few applications were passed for water consumption by municipalities.
The commission also voted to partially waive fees for project sponsors that choose to abort projects before they receive a technical review.
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission regulates interstate water use and monitors water to maintain quality.
North Branch Susquehanna River (Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, via Flickr)