Threatening NYC Water

Some of you may recall a great guest I had on the podcast last year, Al Appleton, the man who saved the NYC water system.

I thought of Al today as I read about how NY state has loosened restrictions on drilling for gas in the NYC watershed are. Using a method called horizontal drilling under the Catskill Mountains, there are proposals to drill for gas. This despite the risk that drilling would bring of spilling toxic chemicals into New York City’s drinking supply. Interfering with the water system could also force the need for building a water treatment plant which would cost an astronomical amount. This despite the fact that over a decade ago, concerned citizens and watershed experts like Al Appleton eliminated the need for building such plants by promoting water conservation and cleaner farming techniques upstate.

The drilling is still not a certainty as public hearings still have to be held and environmental organizations are taking action to have all the facts laid out regarding the risks and need for such drilling. Myself I’d like to hear from Al on this development. I can only imagine his immediate concern, drinking water for 9 million people, one of the most revered water systems in the world, once again under threat.


  1. DRock
    December 4, 2008

    I remember that podcast Al the guy who saved the NYC bagel and the pizza. It’s all about the water! Living in Maryland we have our share of water issues, it seems every month there’s another study and new concerns about the Chesapeake Bay, the crabs, the oysters, the fishermen and the tourism that brings in millions maybe billions to the state. A lot of rivers flow into the Chesapeake and those rivers travel through pretty dense population centers and farm land and end up in the bay.

    Where was I going with this?…oh yeah water isn’t such a renewable resource people, fish and businesses (NYC pizza and Maryland crabs!) need it clean ya heard

    Oh what about a crab cake pizza?…that would be delicious.

  2. bicyclemark
    December 10, 2008

    Im sure pizza hut is working on that one. After they stuff for bizarre stuff into the crust.

    I gotta get in touch with Al and see what light he can shed on this situation.

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