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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have begun the process for developing regulations for new industry in Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone.

A new law enacted this year establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites within the zone, including abandoned brownfields.

State environmental secretary Shawn Garvin signed a notice last week starting the regulatory development process to implement permitting for land use conversion within the coastal zone.

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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries has taken an initial step to permanently ban natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday approved a measure to begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries is set to consider a permanent ban on natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission meets Wednesday outside Philadelphia. Its agenda includes a measure that would begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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The body of a man who has been missing since Sunday in the Delaware River has been found.   

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was discovered around 10 p.m. last night but his name has not been released.

The paper reports he had been with another man. Both were thrown into the water after their 12-foot boat capsized.

The other man was quickly recovered.

Neither are reported to have been wearing life jackets.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Emergency crews say two people have been rescued after the boat they were in capsized in the Delaware River near New Castle's Battery Park.

New Castle County Paramedics spokesman Cpl. David McKinney says a 58-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman were pulled to safety just off the New Castle City Pier on Tuesday after their sailboat overturned, leaving them in the water for more than 20 minutes.

McKinney says both were wearing life vests.

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Construction has begun to replace the New Castle Pier destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The replacement will cost $1.2 million and extend 170 feet out into the Delaware River.

Work on the pier should be wrapped up by the end of the year.

City Administrator Bill Barthel told the Wilmington News Journal that the new pier will allow the replica of Kalmar Nyckel from the 1600’s and other vessels to dock in the city.

The paper reports that the new pier has spurred renewed discussion about reviving ferry traffic between New Castle and Pennsville in New Jersey.

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Delaware lawmakers are moving to intervene in the proposed plan for the state’s utility users to pay for a transmission line to the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a legislative committee met late last week to act as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gets set to rehear the plan for construction of the controversial power line.

The plan would place 60 percent of the cost on Delaware residents while Maryland would pick up 35 percent.

The Delaware General Assembly voted to reject those percentages last month.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blasted the cost-sharing plan to improve the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they appeared together insisting that they would do whatever it takes to reverse the April decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hogan said that residents of both states would bear an unfair burden paying for electricity they will be using.

The estimated total cost of the improvements by PJM Company will now total $272 million.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Two people have been rescued after their sailboat overturned in the Delaware River.

The Wilmington News Journal reports Goodwill Fire Company spokesman David Majewski Jr. says emergency rescue crews responded to the scene Sunday evening for reports of an overturned boat in New Castle.

Majewski says crews helped bring two members of the New Castle Sailing Club to shore. The pair was treated at the scene for injuries.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state task force is set to begin weighing various options for expanding port operations in Delaware.

The task force was scheduled to receive presentations Wednesday regarding responses from consulting firms interested in conducting a long-term strategic study of Wilmington port operations.

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