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Corbett Puts up $15M to Dredge Delaware River

Corbett gives money toward the controversial project to dredge the Delaware River

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    Corbett Puts up $15M to Dredge Delaware River
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    LAMBERTVILLE, NJ - AUGUST 29: Water crests from Tropical Storm Irene near the New Hope - Lambertville Bridge August 29, 2011 in Lambertville, New Jersey. Major flooding along the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has been one of the remnants of Tropical Storm Irene, forcing evacuations along the low lying areas of the river. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is releasing $15 million to continue a controversial dredging project on the Delaware River that he says will create jobs.

    Corbett, who chairs the two-state Delaware River Port Authority, announced the state funding Wednesday at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia.

    Project supporters say the dredging will boost economic development by permitting bigger ships to reach Pennsylvania's largest city.

    The Army Corps of Engineers has already completed deepening one segment of the river channel below Philadelphia from 40 feet to 45 feet. Port officials say the $15 million will allow dredging to begin on a second river segment next month.

    The states of New Jersey and Delaware oppose the dredging, arguing that it will damage the environment.