Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg: "...drilling cannot be permitted in the city’s watershed”

May 25 (Bloomberg) -- When Victoria Switzer awoke on a cold night in March, her dog was staring out the window at the flame roaring from a natural-gas-drilling rig 2,000 feet behind her house. She remembers trees silhouetted in a demonic dance as the plume burned off gas that had been building up under her land.
Fracking Concern
A consulting firm hired by the city, Hazen & Sawyer PC, said in December that chemicals from fracked wells could have a catastrophic impact. Some, like pesticide 2,2-dibromo-3- nitrilopropionamide, are toxic. Each well needs 82 tons of assorted chemicals for reasons such as killing bacteria and inhibiting corrosion, the report says.
New York has banned shale gas drilling statewide until it adopts new rules.

“We firmly believe, based on the best available science and current industry and technological practices, that drilling cannot be permitted in the city’s watershed,”” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in an April press release.

Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News.

Range CEO Pinkerton says New York’s leaders are ignoring facts.

“They’re cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” he says, quoting a 1960s breakfast cereal slogan.