NYC has requested a “seismic buffer” around its Catskill water supply – about 7 miles to be precise. To prevent a frack from inducing an earthquake and ruining NYC’s water supply. Like fracks have elsewhere – which obey Murphy’s Law: “What can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time in the worst possible place”
Like the NYC main water supply http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/02/us-gas-fracking-idUSTRE7A160020111102 (No fracking liability insurance for this. Even from AIG)
NYC requested a 7 mile “seismic buffer” around their Catskill water systems in their response to the dSGEIS
They quantified the risk of frack-induced seismic risks in this paper:
The USGS addressed the seismic risk to the aqueducts in their letter to the DEC
All because of the risk of seismic events associated with NYS poorly mapped local faults – which the DEC needs to brush up on . . .
If NYC gets this seismic carve-out, the rest of Upstate will have a good argument for similar protections . . .
Ironically, the DEC does not require any seismic tests to drill a gas well – so the driller has no clue what faults they may encounter. So NYS fault system will remain a mystery – even in areas that may get fracked:
In towns that do get fracked – the DEC provides zero safeguards for seismic shot-hole tests – because NYS has the worst fracking regs in the US
What’s a town to do ? Pass a land use ordinance – pronto . . . and get the same protections NYC has – Or get ready to shake, rattle & roll – as your water well goes stinky . .
James “Chip” Northrup