The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is considering allowing gas drilling and development in the shale formations that sit directly below the watershed that is to the west of the Hudson River. Unfortunately, a review of the draft scope (pdf) shows that such a drilling process would have serious environmental impact — from air, noise, and visual impacts to greenhouse emissions of all the trucks and equipment to the use of more than 1 million gallons per well of fresh local surface water (piped in from local NYS lakes and rivers).
Please take action before December 15th:
- Send a letter to NYSDEC Commissioner Pete Grannis
- Send a letter to Governor Paterson
- Send a letter to Mayor Bloomberg
- Submit comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Scope Comments” as the Subject. Or send them a note via snail mail: Attn: Scope Comments, Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation, NYSDEC Division of Mineral Resources, 625 Broadway – Third Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500
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