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EPA, State, & Other Marcellus Shale Documents


Toxics Targeting, Inc. is pleased to make publicly available U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents as well as state government data related to an Autumn 2008 incident when 850,000 residents near Pittsburgh, PA could not drink water drawn from the Monongahela River due to high levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) reportedly associated with inadequately treated discharges of natural gas drilling wastewater.

Cuomo Executive Order: Continuation and Expiration of Prior Executive Orders



E. Executive Orders of Governor David A. Paterson


Executive Order No. 41, issued December 13, 2010 (Requiring Further Environmental Review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale);


WHEREAS, the 2009 New York State Energy Plan supports the development of in-State energy resources, including natural gas, to achieve the Plan's multiple public policy objectives; and

DEC Memo Regarding Cuts

Click the attachment link below to download and read the document.

Queens Gazette Piece & Note from Assemblymember Catherine Nolan

Attached is a photo of Catherine Nolan and Walter Hang appearing at an informational meeting on hydrofracking that ran in the October 6, 2010 edition of the Queens Gazette newspaper.

Also attached is a much appreciated thank you note from Assemblymember Nolan.

Map: Major Drinking Water Supply Watersheds and Aquifers

New York Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo: The Marcellus Shale could contribute to New York's natural gas supply, but development needs to be highly sensitive to environmental concerns.

The Marcellus Shale could contribute to New York's natural gas supply, but development needs to be highly sensitive to environmental concerns. The economic potential from the Marcellus shale could provide a badly needed boost to the economy of the Southern Tier and even many environmentalists agree we want to produce more domestic natural gas that reduces the need for environmentally damaging fuel sources such as coal. We need to explore how drilling can be done in a way that is consistent with environmental concerns. The State¹s Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency, are currently studying the effects of drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Through that assessment, New York State must ensure that, if and when the Shale's natural gas is obtained, it does not come at the expense of human health or have adverse environmental impacts. In particular, it is critical that no drilling be conducted that might negatively affect any existing watershed and that best practices in drilling are adopted and enforced by the State.

Therefore, any drilling in the Marcellus Shale must be environmentally sensitive and safe. These reviews must demonstrate that health and environmental risks are adequately addressed and protected. However, existing watersheds are sacrosanct and Andrew Cuomo would not support any drilling that would threaten the State's major sources of drinking water.


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