By Maarten de Kadt:
“Gasland,” the movie nominated Academy Award, is a ‘must see,’ because it describes corporates race, that, if not stopped, will put NYC’s drinking water in jeopardy. The movie documents the dangers of hydrofranking for gas in the Marsalis Shale deposit. Companies have already drilled in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, with demonstrated damage to those drinking water supplies. One of its starkest images of the movie is of burning water coming out of a kitchen faucet. This burning water is a result of the injection of chemical laced water into the ground in order to release deposits of gas in rock formations 10,000 feet below the ground. The film makes clear that this chemical cocktail injected into the ground has caused damage to ground water. That damage affects the water we drink.
Hydrofracking is being pursued but has not been implemented in New York City’s drinking watershed. Governor Patterson authorized vertical drilling (the least dangerous form of hydrofracking) just before he left office and it is moving ahead in New York State. Fortunately, that governor continued the moratorium on the much more dangerous horizontal drilling version of hytrofracking. It is amazing to me that they can even consider allowing any hydrofracking near the water supply of approximately 10,000,000 people.
What do you think?
Posted on Fri, May 13, 2011