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I live in Western New York, in the Delaware River Basin. This watershed is just as important as the NYC resevoirs, serving millions of people in Philadelphia and Trenton. The DEC regulations do nothing to protect either. Mr. Lawitts and the consultants, (the only consultants to conduct any objective scientific assessment) are correct in asking that the DEC's draft SGEIS be withdrawn. It also does not protect our upstate economy, and environment, from devastating, and irreversible consequences. There is NO DO OVER....Google NYS DEC, and send your comment. You have until 12/31/09. You might ask, "What's the hurry"
Other than local economics I still do not understand why should the decision to drill or not to drill be different in the NYC portion of the states's watersheds than the remainder. What is wrong with the states science or what is so special about the NYC watershed other than it serves a different population?
Have they studied the effect of the emissions of all the drilling equipment and the increase in pollutants and co2 effect? Texas communities are dealing with air pollution and a noise from the drilling which will ruin property values.
Why does the state support this?
Watershed. Pumping chemicals into watershed. Bad idea. This is the end of the argument -- or should be, anyway.
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