New Report On Natural Gas Drilling in NYS

The New York State Department of Conservation has released its draft of an environmental review that will propose laws concerning natural gas drilling in New York’s Marcellus Shale.

In 2008, two geoscience professors estimated that the area could possibly contain more than 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The potential earnings sparked business interests in Marcellus since it is located so close to New York, New Jersey, and New England.

ProPublica has followed the consequences of drilling in Marcellus since last year. An investigated piece urged Gov. Paterson to order an official report to discover the effects of the proposed hydraulic fracture and horizontal drilling that would be used to exact the natural gas.

The report will encourage the strengthening of NYC environmental protections but, according to ProPublica, provides several conditions and stipulations that make it unclear of how the rules would be enforced. It also does not ban drilling inside New York City’s watershed, that provides drinking water to 9 million people.

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