Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Delaware River Guardian Publishes Draft Rules for Gas Drilling
Thursday, December 09, 2010
A multi-state agency with responsibility for keeping the Delaware River clean has proposed rules for natural gas drilling in areas north and west of New York City.
The Delaware River Basin Commission has jurisdiction over many of the streams that supply New York City's drinking water. It includes representatives from New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the federal government.
The Commission's draft regulations are more than 80 pages long, and are focused on the issues of water withdrawals and water releases. Drilling new natural gas wells can produce vast quantities of polluted waste water. There is little industrial activity along the upper Delaware.
There are 90 days to register a comment on the plan, and New York City is already criticizing it. The City says there should be a detailed study of the likely impact on drinking water, and no drilling should happen before then.