Assembly Member Marcos Crespo Demands That New York’s Water Supply Must Remain Safe

April 26, 2009

Assembly Member Marcos Crespo Demands that New York’s Water Supply Must Remain Safe

New York State Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo (D-Bronx) applauds Friday’s ruling by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis to safeguard New York City’s water supply from national gas companies that want to use a drilling technique known as hydrofracking.

“Concerns about the effects of gas drilling and the dangerous impact it can have on New York City’s water supply was essentially confirmed by this ruling. New York’s water supply must remain safe,” stated Assembly Member Crespo. “As a member of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, I remain committed to thoroughly scrutinizing additional permit requests that threaten the foundation of our reservoir watershed system.”

In 2009, Assembly Member Crespo joined with 14,000 individuals and groups that shared serious reservations about proposed plans involving the Marcellus Shale drilling project in New York State during the DEC’s comment period.

The gas drilling technique of “hydrofracking” pumps chemicals and water underground to force out natural gas. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that it is “particularly concerned about the potential risks associated with gas drilling activities in the New York City watershed and the reservoirs that collect drinking water for nine million people.”

For further information, please contact Assembly Member Crespo at 646-228-2607.