The Delaware River basin provides water to people in four states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) regulates water use across this region. Last week they voted to postpone the lifting of a ban on drilling for natural gas in the Delaware River basin. The ban keeps natural gas companies from setting up “fracking” operations in this area. Fracking is the drilling technique used to extract natural gas from shale by pumping millions of gallons of chemical laced water into rock underground, would have the potential to contaminate ground drinking water wells. Beyond contaminating drinking water wells, fracking has the potential to cause earthquakes. The Delaware River basin sits on top of the Marcellus Shale deposit, the largest natural gas deposit in these United States. Earlier this month, the DRBC proposed ending the drilling moratorium in the basin. While fracking has led to huge increases in natural gas production in the United States, environmentalists say it contaminates water sources, sparking opposition to drilling in the Delaware Basin, which provides water for millions of homes across four states. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the DRBC for not completing an environmental study on fracking before releasing its regulations. Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Corbett is in favor of allowing the use of fracking in the Delaware water basin. Until a safer method can be implemented in extracting the natural gas from the Marcellus Shale deposit, the ban needs to stay in effect.