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Bloomberg Says Report Boosts Pro-Fracking Argument

Monday, August 27, 2012

As the state weighs whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out in favor of the controversial technique — with some regulations — and said Monday that natural gas is important for improving air quality and public health.

The mayor released a study Monday that found that additional gas supply and infrastructure upgrades are needed to meet the city’s growing demand.

“This study confirms its importance to New York City’s reliable, clean energy future and demonstrates that with responsible, well-regulated development, we can make the investments that both improve our air quality and save lives,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, as are concerned the process could contaminate groundwater and cause other environmental damage.

The report comes on the heels of an op-ed piece Bloomberg co-authored with George P. Mitchell, who helped lead the development of the fracking technologies, last week in The Washington Post

The piece said that “fracking for natural gas can be as good for our environment as it is for our economy and our wallets, but only if done responsibly.”

Among the “common-sense” regulation the Op-Ed called for was disclosing all the chemicals used in the process; minimizing water consumption, protecting groundwater and ensuring proposer disposal of wastewater; and improving air pollution controls, including capturing leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The report by ICF International was based on a year long study of the current natural gas system.

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Lynn from California

Bloomberg supports fracking? Where is his $ from? OH yeah investors in the stock market. I have worked inspecting water wells and horizontal drilling. There is no way in hell that this is safe. NOT ONE engineer I know believes that this is safe - you do not indiscriminately penetrate layers of the earth horizontally and not risk infiltration. This is not shallow drilling this is invasive and high risk...if it wasn't why would Cheny have removed the EPA water regulation related to fracking?

Aug. 30 2012 01:01 AM
Leland T. Snyder

If Bloomberg thinks it is so great then he should save us Upstate and frack the Cannonsville Reservoir first. Stick your mouth where your votes are from.

The report is very dry and glosses over the true issues. Mainly, we are a globalized economy, wild estimates of NYC being flooded with cheap natural gas 10 years from now is a myth, this will be exported massively and have a global market price on it. Issues of venting are grossly underplayed, recently there was a well that resulted in a gas geyser, they had to vent a major portion of the wells capacity to bleed the pressure off. This kind of act, fact and statistic, just falls though the cracks of this kind of analysis. This does not address the contamination issues, and how they can have a 66 page report and a significant section on compressors and not mention the typical 25 tons+ of HAPs and VOCs emitted from these stations is literally mindbendingly bizarre.

Aug. 27 2012 10:50 PM
Liz Beth from NYC

I love my NYC tap water. It's the best water in the world and I thank NYC DEP for protecting it. But I am embarrassed by Bloomberg's hypocrisy and would prefer that EVERYONE's water be just as protected. It's not ok for the well-off to poison disadvantaged people, and this magical thinking which Bloomberg espouses has to end -- "Safe Fracking" does not exist in reality.

Aug. 27 2012 08:21 PM

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