USA: Governor Hosts Delaware River Dredging Conference

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will host a news conference at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal to discuss the progress of the ongoing Delaware River Main Channel-Deepening Project, which is currently deepening the Delaware River’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Joining Governor Corbett at PRPA’s largest marine terminal will be many strong proponents and allies of the project, individuals whose leadership was instrumental in making the project a reality. These include U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, U.S. Rep. John Carney, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, State Sen. Larry Farnese, State Reps. Bill Keller and John Taylor, and Philadelphia City Councilmen Bobby Henon and David Oh.

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) Chairman Charles G. Kopp, Esq. will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the event.

“It’s been a busy and dramatic couple of months with this project,” said Mr. Kopp, “and we felt it was time to update the business community and the residents of our great region on what’s been happening with this critical economic development initiative that will enable us to bring the world’s newer and bigger cargo vessels to our region.”

Among the topics expected to be discussed are the following: the result of recent court challenges surrounding the project; state and federal funding issues; progress completed thus far in the shipping channel; and an update on when future sections or “reaches” of the channel will be deepened. An additional news release will be prepared immediately upon completion of the news conference, reflecting specific news and announcements made by the legislators in attendance.


Dredging Today Staff, August 7, 2012