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Bloomberg Backs Fracking - But Far From City's Water Supply

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to fracking as a way of extracting natural gas from upstate New York — but said it shouldn't occur near the network of reservoirs that feed drinking water to the city.

The mayor's remarks come as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is poised to release regulations on the natural gas drilling technique for New York state.

The mayor has had a slight change in tone on the controversial practice, recently emphasizing the upsides of natural gas as a form of clean energy, rather than the possible downsides from environmental damage.

Still, the mayor doesn't want fracking done anywhere near the city's upstate reservoirs. "If you were to contaminate some groundwater that's not drinking water, that's very different than if you contaminate the drinking water for eight million people," he rationalized.

Many upstate New Yorker rely not on reservoirs for drinking water, but on drinking wells fed by underground aquifers. Bloomberg said he had no position on what effect, if any, fracking could have on that water supply.

The mayor released a study this week 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.

Ilya Marritz contributed reporting

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Comments [7]

Joanne Corey from Vestal - Broome County NY

Bloomberg thinks it is okay to pollute groundwater, as long as it isn't NYC drinking water? All groundwater may eventually become drinking water, if not for people, for wildlife. It will also be taken up by the roots of plants, which may become food for people and animals. I think Mayor Bloomberg needs to go back to school to study elementary science. He appears to be blinded by $$$$, self-interest, and pseudo-science.

Aug. 30 2012 04:26 PM
Stephen Binette from upstate

Translation: "Anywhere but my backyard." !!!

Aug. 30 2012 03:57 PM
Linda Dabulewicz from Colesville

Apparently Bloomburg never looked at a topographical map. At one point the Susquehanna water shed and the Delaware watershed are only a mile or two apart. That location is in Broome County near Sanford , NY Sanford is about to own a gas pipeline and a few hundred wells if Cuomo and the gas bitches have their way. NY City steals our water and now Bloomburg advocated they take away our clean air and water. F*&^% you Bloomburg, you precious upstate water is also in danger from hydrofracking. Tell Cuomo NO WAY.
LInda

Aug. 30 2012 09:06 AM
Ingrid

It's okay everyone, this policy will only adversely affect the poor and the middle class.

Aug. 28 2012 03:45 PM
Alex from upstate

Don't worry Todd, the daily air pollution from all the New York City traffic and heavy industry is already thousands (perhaps millions) of times worse than any pollution that would be caused by temporary drilling operations. The citizens of New York City won't even notice a difference!

Aug. 28 2012 03:34 PM
todd from upstate

What happens when air pollution from thousands of new drilling operations around the state rain down into the reservoirs and negatively impact the water quality the city has worked so hard to preserve? This is an incredible short-sighted position.

Aug. 28 2012 03:15 PM
mel from upstate new york

I will be brief. Bloomberg is a douche-bag.

Aug. 28 2012 03:09 PM

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