Joan Vollero (212) 669-8143
Today I call on Mr. McClendon to translate his public statement to a legally binding commitment by selling his company’s leases in the watershed to New York City for one dollar. That way, the good words we’ve heard today will not be undercut by an unforeseen corporate deal a year or two from now, once this controversy has passed.
Chesapeake’s announcement validates the calls for a ban on drilling in the watershed that have come from concerned citizens, editorial pages, environmental groups, and elected officials like myself. The State environmental agency now finds itself in the uncomfortable position of lagging behind the industry it regulates in protecting New York City’s drinking water. The Department of Environmental Conservation must correct its mistake by immediately announcing a permanent and complete ban on drilling in the watershed.
Investigative Policy Analyst
Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
One Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 669-2392
Fax: (212) 669-3840