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Bloomberg Supports Fracking — Outside NYC Watershed

Posted By Joseph Spector On February 29, 2012 @ 6:35 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that he supports hydrofracking, so long as its outside the New York City watershed.

[1]“We in New York City have been opposed to fracking in the watershed and along the conduits that get the water from the watershed down to the city,” Bloomberg said in Albany today.

“But other than that, natural gas is a lot less polluting – it’s not perfect – but it’s a lot less polluting than coal, which is really the only practical alternative in this day and age for generating power. We have to get that gas out of the ground.”

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposal to allow hydrofracking would keep drilling outside the New York City and Syracuse-area watersheds. A final decision on whether to proceed with fracking is expected later this year.

Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman, said if it’s safe, the drilling would be a good energy source.

“With appropriate safeguards, I think fracking is something on balance that is better for this country than the alternative,” he said.


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