Image: Marcellus Protest via flickr
Apparently New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg shares at least some of the concerns about natural gas drilling—known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—that communities and environmentalists have about its safety. He wrote to the Delaware River Basin Commission this week urging it to look more thoroughly at the potential impact of fracking on the basin's water supply before moving forward on its draft regulations.
MidHudsonNews.com reports that in a letter to Carol Collier, the executive director of the commission, Bloomberg said that the Marcellus Shale, the natural gas-rich formation where the drilling would take place, is "an important domestic source of clean energy, but it must be developed in a way that does not jeopardize critical natural resources like clean drinking water."
The State Senate, Governor Paterson and the governor-elect, in addition to officials in other states that sit on the Marcellus Shale formation, have all urged caution in expanding fracking in the area.
Susan Zimet, head of Frack Action, said she expects the state assembly to pass a moratorium that Governor Paterson will then sign. MidHudsonNews quotes her saying: "That's what we're waiting for on November 29th," she said—"for the Assembly to step up to the state and do what they promised and protect New Yorkers from protecting our very, very, very precious water system."
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