Plans to open the Delaware River basin to natural gas drilling were set back on Friday when an interstate regulator announced the last-minute postponement of a meeting that was scheduled to vote on a draft policy that would allow thousands of gas wells into the densely populated region.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, which is charged with ensuring water quality in the watershed between Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware, said it was postponing the meeting scheduled for Monday, November 21 to allow “additional time for review” by the five commission members. Read an EPA hydraulic fracturing water quality study here. Keep reading →