NYC Council Environmental Protection Committee Chair James F. Gennaro has called for a ban on drilling “within or near any of New York State’s drinking water supplies.”
It is the belief of environmental experts and some policymakers, including New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee Chairman James F. Gennaro, that the particular drilling method that would be used, called “hydraulic fracturing” or “hydrofracking,” involves inherently polluting industrial substances and processes that cannot be controlled and contained reliably. In Wyoming and New Mexico, this type of drilling has led to groundwater contamination despite concerted efforts to safeguard against it. If gas drilling were allowed in or near any drinking water supply in the State — even with the highest level of safeguards — the potential for significant contamination would remain.
You can sign on to the ban and send a letter to the governor by clicking HERE.
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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