Thomas K. Duane's posts related to Environment

West Side Spirit: City Pols Protest Upstate Drilling

By Dan Rivoli

October 7, 2009

When the state laid out rules for natural gas drilling upstate on Sept. 30, elected officials miles away in New York City said, “kill the drill.”

That is because drilling, believed to contaminate water, can be done near watersheds where city residents get their drinking water.

Borough President Scott Stringer, along with various city officials, called for the state to ban drilling near the city’s water source.


The Villager: Politicians, enviro groups call for a drilling ban in watershed

By Albert Amateau

October 7, 2009

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week issued an 809-page draft generic environmental impact statement, or G.E.I.S., proposing rules for extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing drilling in New York City’s Upstate watershed.


Duane: Protect state’s water

To The Editor:


Letter to DEC RE: Scoping Hearings on Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

November 24, 2008

Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway

Albany, New York 12233

Dear Commissioner Grannis,


Our Town: The Dangers of Drilling

December 16, 2009

The state is currently collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow a certain type of natural gas drilling upstate, where the city gets its water supply. Now is the time for all New Yorkers—and especially Mayor Michael Bloomberg—to make their voices heard so this plan gets a much more in-depth evaluation before moving forward. Millions of dollars, and the purity of the city’s drinking water, may be on the line.


ProPublica: Does Chesapeake’s No-Drilling Pledge Do Enough to Protect NYC’s Watershed?

by Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica - November 3, 2009 2:40 pm EST


Syracuse Post Standard: As NY mulls hydrofracking regulations, gas companies lease land in CNY watersheds

By Delen Goldberg / The Post-StandardDecember 28, 2009, 6:00AMThe Skaneateles Lake watershed, which supplies water to more than 200,000 people in the city of Syracuse, is a potential site for high volume hydrofracking drilling to capture natural gas. Oil and gas companies hold several hundred leases on land in the Skaneateles and Otisco Lake watersheds. Skaneateles, NY - You can’t dump trash, sewage or pesticides into Skaneateles Lake.It’s illegal to boat, swim or fish near water intake pipes in the pristine water.


Democracy Now: Rallies Held in Albany over Natural Gas Drilling

In Albany, New York, competing rallies were held on Monday over plans to allow for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in upstate New York. Supporters of the drilling say it will create jobs, but critics say the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could contaminate the water supplies of New York City and other areas of the state. State Senator Tom Duane spoke out against the gas drilling.


City Hall: Legislators In Albany And New York Float Hydrofracking Bills

By Andre TartarGov. David Paterson has made clear that he will wait for the state Department of Conservation to finish studying the risks of the proposal before making any final decisions on drilling in the Marcellus Shale. That could take months, however, and several state legislators who fear the drilling could contaminate New York City’s water supply say they are not content to let the process drag out any longer.They are pushing a set of bills that would either impose tight regulations on the drilling or possibly kill the Marcellus Shale proposal altogether.