Thursday, October 8, 2009

Gas Drilling Vs. Drinking Water: New York City Consultant’s Report Sets Stage for Fight With Albany

September 8th 2009

By Abrahm Lustgarten
(A version of this story appeared in the Albany Times-Union today.)
A preliminary report from a consultant hired by New York City warns that "nearly every activity" associated with natural gas drilling could potentially harm the city’s drinking water supply and that while the risk can be reduced with strict regulations, "the likelihood of water quality impairment … cannot be eliminated." That assessment contrasts sharply with the picture presented by an environmental review released by state officials last week. The issue also appears to be emerging as a point of controversy in New York City’s mayoral election.