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EWG testifies on behalf of clean drinking water (...and bagels)
- Allowing drilling without proper safeguards will reward industry's violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and "put the health of millions of people at risk." A recent Congressional investigation and EWG's own research has documented that gas companies have been using diesel in drilling operations since at least 2005 without the permits legally required under the Act.
- The Basin's Commission's proposed regulations would allow drilling too close to water sources. The pending rules require that gas wells be placed at least 500 feet from water sources and other water bodies, but documented cases of water contamination have occurred at distances up to seven times greater.
- A growing number of investigations, including a New York Times story published this week and previous work by EWG and other organizations, show that the industry has been guilty of negligent practices and that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has done little to intervene, leaving people with contaminated drinking water in a number of states.
EWG's Horwitt told the City Council panel:
"The DRBC and New York State have the power - and the responsibility - to protect clean water for millions of citizens. Given what we know of gas drilling's recent track record, the risks are still too great to allow drilling near water supplies."
[Thanks to Roland for the beautiful bagels]