November 24, 2010

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Bloomberg urges DRBC to go slow on hydrofracking

NEW YORK – Mayor Michael Bloomberg has written to the head of the Delaware River Basin Commission urging her agency to conduct a study of the potential cumulative impacts of natural gas drilling on water quality and quantity in the Delaware Basin before proceeding any further with the Draft Natural Gas Extraction Regulations.

In a letter to Carol Collier, the New York City mayor said all scientific information must be gathered before drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation is allowed to move forward and potentially pollute the city’s watershed.

To date, the State Senate, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, the governor and the governor-elect have all urged a slow approach to hydrofracking until all scientific information has been gathered.

Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet, who heads Frack Action, a citizens’ group calling for a moratorium until all facts are known, is pleased with the latest development.

“All we are waiting for is the Assembly to do what they have promised, that they would, after the State Senate has passed the moratorium, come back into session and pass this moratorium so Governor Paterson could sign it,” she said. “And that’s what we’re waiting for on November 29th 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.”

Bloomberg told the DRBC that the Marcellus shale 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.”


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