While oil drilling has made a sorry wreck of the Gulf Coast, another kind of drilling could threaten New York’s water supply.
Hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is a method of natural gas drilling that involves blasting millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and toxic chemicals into the earth. It poses a threat to rivers and streams, and also to drinking water supplies.
Earlier today, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the Working Families Party sent out a petition urging people to support Assembly Bill 10490, a new bill that would ban hydrofracking here in New York until the EPA finishes studying its safety.
New York’s drinking water is celebrated as some of the best in the country; needless to say, that’s a claim we won’t be able to make if it’s served as part of a heady cocktail of sand and poisonous chemicals.