Fracking Central Park? ( 12/16/12)

A FOIL request of the DEC has uncovered two shale gas well permit applications in New York City’s Central Park. The address on the first application is given as “Central Park West at W. 62nd Street.”  The second is an address on Central Park East. The mineral rights owner is listed as “New York City” and the mineral leases are to “N. Bedford Forrest Operating Company, of Guthrie, Oklahoma,”  ably represented by The Law Firm of Tom West. The applications are shown as exploratory or “wildcat” tests of the Olmsted Shale, a formation of which little is known in Midtown. Target depth is 10,000 feet, which would require one of the biggest land rigs available to be brought up from the Eagle Ford field in South Texas, possibly by barge up the Hudson River.

Town of Jerusalem Effectively Prohibits Hydrofracking

Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking

It is my pleasure to share the news that this evening the Town of Jerusalem became the first of ten townships in the Keuka Lake watershed to prohibit high volume, slick water hydraulic fracture drilling (fracking) by use of a comprehensive zoning ordinance.  The decision of the board culminates an 11 month intensive review process conducted by a committee of volunteer residents which began in March of 2011 with a moratorium of natural gas drilling in this New York Finger Lakes municipality. Continue reading