Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chesapeake admits chemicals from fracking can damage water

New York City's water is safe from the toxic effects of gas drilling for now. The watershed supplies drinking water 9 million New Yorkers.

Here are a few paragraphs from the above article

Our research has shown we are the only leasehold owner in the New York City watershed, and so Chesapeake is uniquely positioned to take this issue off the table,” Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said in a released statement.

Chesapeake owns leases for 5,000 acres of the watershed, which falls within the Marcellus Shale, a deeply buried gas-rich rock formation that is poised for development. McClendon told The New York Times [3] that the company’s holdings in the watershed are “a drop in the bucket” compared with the 1.5 million acres it has leased across the shale formation in New York and in other states.

“How could any one well be so profitable that it would be worth damaging the New York City water system?” he said to the Times.

It is sad that Chesapeake thinks New York residents are more important than the people of Texas and all the other states where they are "fracking up" the water. Don't get me wrong, I am happy for New York and yes, a bit jealous that they don't have to wonder what they are drinking every time they hold a glass of water in their hands. It is nice to see somewhere the concerns of residents are not only being heard but that they are having some success in stopping this activity from affecting their health and quality of life.

Oh how I wish the whole industry felt the same about the State of Texas.

Fracking doesn't just taint water. Spills at well sites, injection wells, "tank farms" and pits along with leaks from pipelines can contaminate the air and ground.

Call or write our Texas politicians and ask them to support the Frac Act.
Press release about Frac Act:

For more info go to

No comments: