About one quarter of New Yorkers rely on groundwater as a source of potable water. In order to enhance regulatory protection in areas where groundwater resources are most productive and most vulnerable, the Department of Health, in 1980, identified eighteen Primary Water Supply Aquifers (also referred to simply as Primary Aquifers) across the state. These are defined as “highly productive aquifers presently utilized as sources of water supply by major municipal water supply systems”. Other important aquifers are called “Principal Aquifers”.
The Finger Lakes region as a whole is not classifed as either a Primary or Principal Aquifer. This means that the DEC will permit unrestricted HVHF in in most of the region – take a look at the maps of New York aquifers shown below.
The natural gas industry blithely asserts that they have created three million jobs in the U.S. Do I have evidence to dispute this fact? Only that the fracking industry has consistently been playing fast and loose with the truth ever since its inception, repeating Texas Whoppers to workers, investors and public alike whenever it has served their interests.
Deborah Rogers recently appeared at several presentations in the Finger Lakes with powerful evidence that the Gas Industry is really putting one over us. Entitled “In Their Own Words: Examining Shale Gas Hype” the presentation by this credible and serious economist and investment analyst from Fort Worth, Texas used the Industry’s own data and statements to uncover the hypocrisy of their claims. Continue reading