Mayor Bloomberg is helping fund an experiment in “safer fracking” anywhere but in NYC’s watersheds.
“The difficulty of remediating diffuse contamination and other risks once allowed into the environment, and the potentially catastrophic consequences of damage to critical water supply infrastructure, make clear that a conservative approach towards natural gas drilling in the NYC watershedand in the vicinity of infrastructure is warranted. In short, the rapid and widespread industrialization of the watershed resulting from natural gas drilling would upset the balance between watershed protection and economic vitality that the City, its State and federal regulators, and its upstate partners have established over the past 15 years.” (page 11)
See page 63 for a summary of impacts for natural gas developments. The summary mirrors, and in some cases, extends the points many activist commentators have been saying all over the country. One point is starkly made:
Widespread hydraulic fracking will permanently and irreversibly compromise a significant geological formation that presently constitutes part of the subsurface system that isolates near-surface, fresh water flow regimes from non-potable, highly saline waters of deeper formations.”
“What we need to do is make sure that the gas is extracted carefully and in the right places, and that has to be done through strong, responsible regulation. And that’s what our work with EDF is all about,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist, Mayor of New York City and serious fracking hypocrite. . .
Thanks Mike, with friends like you, who needs frackers ? As Bill Fischer puts it:
“We will let the barbarians frack the remote regions of Gallia, Hispania and Brittania ‘but only if done responsibly’, because it is good for the Roman economy. However, will not let them frack the watersheds that feed the aqueducts of Rome, as it may poison the populace.”
The experiment was dreamed up by the woefully misnamed “Environmental Defense Fund”
As a way to con some dough out of Bloomberg, who knows enough about fracking to keep it the hell away from NYC. Note to EDF – lose that “E” OK ? You ain’t defendin’, you shillin’. . .
The real defenders of the environment are the Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/
Team Slottje’s Community Environmental Defense Council – http://www.cedclaw.org/
Deborah Goldberg at Earth Justice http://earthjustice.org/about/staff/deborah-goldberg
Roger Downs at the Sierra Club – http://newyork.sierraclub.org/aboutus.html
Who is going to run this little experiment in “safer fracking” ? The fracking DEC ? This DEC ? Really ? With their chronically underfunded inspectors ? They’re joking, right ? Do “safer” shale gas wells include compulsory integration ? Will they be 150 feet from daycare centers ? Or 100 feet from a house, voiding the insurance. Or 7 miles away, like NYC’s reservoir setback ? With or without any state tax to pay the DEC’s dozen inspectors.
Do “safer gas wells” come with a stinky bubbling annulus ? Because sooner or later, a whole lot of that gas bubbling going on . . . Everywhere but in NYC’s watershed. Thanks to the political science of the SGEIS. Alas, no “model regulations” . . . . for the rest of us . . . just the best regulations that Chesapeake could buy.
Bloomberg to Help Frack Upstate outside of the NYC Watershed
Bloomberg Philanthropies is close to wiring $6 million or more to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in support of the corporatist environmental group’s fracking project, according to sources close to the deal.
Environmentalists say fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – could poison water supplies. The natural gas industry defends the safety of the process.
New York City Michael Bloomberg takes a “not in my backyard” position – no fracking in areas that threaten the New York City watershed, but it’s okay elsewhere.
EDF’s man on natural gas and fracking is Scott Anderson.
Earlier this year, Anderson told Corporate Crime Reporter that EDF was leading a coalition effort with natural gas companies – including Southwestern Energy – to develop to a draft model law to regulate the industry at the state level.
One provision of the draft – titled Audit and Enforcement – would have given the state regulator the authority to visit a well site to inspect the facility, cite the operator for violations, and issue a fine. But that provision was redlined out of the draft.
Bloomberg’s Peggy Duxbury and EDF’s Anderson did not return calls seeking comment.