NY Anti-Drilling Group Tense that Drilling May Soon Begin

One of the most rabidly anti-drilling organizations in New York is NYRAD—New York Residents Against Drilling. They are a fringe organization, but they do have a following. When MDN received a copy of NYRAD’s latest call-to-action-the-sky-is-falling-oh-woe-is-me missive, it contained a couple of interesting tidbits (see a copy of the full notice embedded below).

It seems NYRADers believe that:

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo will keep his word and decide on whether or not drilling will go forward—and that the decision will come very soon (and they’re concerned it will be a “yes”);
  • There is serious consideration being given to a pilot project that would allow up to 300 wells to be drilled over the next three years;
  • There is serious consideration being given to a “no drill zone” that includes not only the Syracuse watershed and the New York City watershed, but all of the Catskills, Finger Lakes region, Delaware River Water Gap and Cooperstown areas.

NYRAD wants its members and those who support them to inundate local state politicians, asking them to sign this pledge:

Given the irreparable harm that shale gas extraction could wreak on New York’s environment and public health, I request that Governor Cuomo maintain DEC’s de facto moratorium on Marcellus Shale horizontal hydrofracturing until there is a consensus among all local, state and federal authorities as well as potentially impacted parties that the 17 major shortcomings documented in the Withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS Coalition Letter have been fully resolved.

Given the hyperventilation by NYRAD and other anti-drilling groups, perhaps New York is much closer to commencement of drilling than MDN thought!