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Gas Drilling in New York City Watershed

From: Christine Black
Length: 03:58

New York City Councilmen concerned about Gas Drilling in Watershed calls a hearing September 10, 2008

Default-piece-image-1 This piece was produced in September 2008 and there have been significant changes since then.  If you are interested in an update on this issue please let me know.

Interviews include:
James Gennaro- Chair New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee
Alexander Grannis- Chairmen of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Bruce Baizel- Senior Staff Attourney: Oil & Gas Accountability Project
Brad Gill- Executive Director: Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York

Councilmen Gennaro is worried that a new law in New York State paves the way for gas drilling in New York City's Catskills watershed.  The methods used to drill in geological formations like the Marcellus Shale where the watershed resides have a history of polluting groundwater.  The city gets it's water un-filtered from this watershed and building a water treatment plant would cost over 10 Billion dollars plus opperating costs.  But the state and landowners within the watershed and other parts of the Marcellus Shale formation stand to make millions from leasing mineral rights.  Is drilling for Natural Gas, an industrial activity, and protecting a drinking water supply compatable activities?  Can regulations and oversight guarantee safety?

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Piece Description

This piece was produced in September 2008 and there have been significant changes since then.  If you are interested in an update on this issue please let me know.

Interviews include:
James Gennaro- Chair New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee
Alexander Grannis- Chairmen of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Bruce Baizel- Senior Staff Attourney: Oil & Gas Accountability Project
Brad Gill- Executive Director: Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York

Councilmen Gennaro is worried that a new law in New York State paves the way for gas drilling in New York City's Catskills watershed.  The methods used to drill in geological formations like the Marcellus Shale where the watershed resides have a history of polluting groundwater.  The city gets it's water un-filtered from this watershed and building a water treatment plant would cost over 10 Billion dollars plus opperating costs.  But the state and landowners within the watershed and other parts of the Marcellus Shale formation stand to make millions from leasing mineral rights.  Is drilling for Natural Gas, an industrial activity, and protecting a drinking water supply compatable activities?  Can regulations and oversight guarantee safety?

Broadcast History

Tue, 10/07/2008 - 13:20 on FSRN, Pacifica Network National News program

Timing and Cues

3:52- out before "For FSRN, I'm Christine Black in New York City

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

With energy prices rising, states are getting applications to drill for oil and natural gas in new and unusual places.
On the east coast, its in the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposit, which stretches from southern New York through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. And in the North East corner of this huge deposit lies the Catskill Mountains, and a New York City watershed.
Will New York City be able safeguard its water supply when this pressure to drill is on?
Independent Producer Christine Black reports…

OUTRO: