According to the investigative journalists of ProPublica, “as more gas wells are drilled in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, more cases of toxic spills are being reported”. The DEP in Pennsylvania discovered 13 violations from drilling company Atlas Resources in an 8 month period last year. Many of these violations were related to the spill of fluids due to the hydraulic fracturing process. Liquids released during this process are extremely harmful to people and the environment. They contain chemicals used in the hydrofracking process, including known carcinogens.
Altas Resources is just one of the companies that owns drilling rights in the Marcellus Shale, a broad area of gas deposits which stretches through New York State’s pristine waterways. If PA is a test case, hydrofracking is definitely not safe for NYC water.
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