Garodnick to DEC: Too Many Unanswered Questions to Allow Hydrofracking
The prospect of hydrofracking raises too many significant questions crucial to the health and safety of New York’s residents, to the environment and to the State’s financial health to allow it to proceed at this time, Council Member Garodnick said in testimony before the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.
Council Member Garodnick argued in favor of a 7-mile buffer around New York City’s water tunnels in addition to a buffer around the watershed itself. He also questioned how the toxic wastewater from the fracking process would be treated, safely stored and eventually disposed of, as well as whether State agencies have the adequate manpower to enforce regulations on horizontal drilling.
Council Member Garodnick added that the costs related to fracking – including $211 to $378 million in annual roadway repairs due to the 1.5 million truck trip the industry would generate – must be borne by the industry itself, and not taxpayers.