Official: Water Supply Safe From Natural Gas

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New York State's top environmental official says the city's water supply will not be threatened by drilling for natural gas upstate.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Grannis spoke yesterday at a City Council hearing to allay fears about chemical contamination in the water and the need for a filtration system.

GRANNIS: The potential for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation within the watershed does not alter our agency's position in any way. We will not permit any drilling to take place that presents any threat to the city's drinking water supply.

Grannis says the state has not received any applications so far for drilling near the city's watershed. The region in question is in southwestern New York, and includes parts of the Catskill Mountains surrounding the city's reservoirs.