Hydrofracking Held-Up


Today the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that drilling in the New York City or the Skaneateles Lake watersheds “will require a case-by-case environmental review process to establish whether appropriate measures to mitigate potential impacts can be developed.” As the Times points out, this means that “it highly unlikely that any drilling will be done in the Catskills watershed that supplies drinking water to New York City.” It may come as a surprise, but New York City uses unfiltered drinking water, so the prospect of “hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting water mixed with chemicals into rock at high pressure to extract the gas” was particularly disconcerting in our upstate water supplies.