Bedford and other Westchester towns are planning on obtaining water from the Delaware Aqueduct, a water source which is about to be contaminated for the next 1,000 years. “It is in fact, only an essentially permanent repercussion we’re talking about,“ said Howard Fifer, Katonah resident as we sat talking this morning at Perks coffee shop with Diane Lewis. Right now is our chance to stop this contamination from happening.
Diane is a writer for The Record Review and you can pick up this week’s paper to get her article which explains the full implications of the looming gas drilling scheduled to begin soon in the Marcellus Shale region which extends from NY to VA.
“Yes, I would like everyone to know about and be active in protesting hydrofracking in New York State. New York is our state, and we need to protect the water and forest land in this state. We are fortunate to have had this land protected at the turn of the century providing NYC with perhaps the best municipal water supply in the country. Water is the most precious resource, to squander it would be both foolish and unconscionable. NYC is unique to have water and a bread basket in such proximity-we need to protect it. “
Further, she explains that if allowed to proceed, this drilling will pollute the water in the Delaware Aqueduct . This Aqueduct brings water to a number of Westchester towns and Bedford is planning to obtain water from this Aqueduct to supply the hamlets of Katonah and Bedford Hills.
The area they plan to drill in extends broadly from the Catskill region west, encompassing a large amount of NYS that would be polluted and deforested.
What you can do:
1. Send in comments on the DSGEIS. (generic environmental impact statement) The public comment timeframe has just been extended to December 31st, so that gives just another couple of weeks. Click here to submit comments.
2. Ask your federal representatives to co-sponsor the FRAC Act,which eliminates the Halliburton loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act and requires disclosure of the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing. For Katonah, email Representative John Hall here.
Get involved! Come on out to to the Local Guys Cook Series at Gossett’s Indoor Farm Market, Saturdays in December!
Want to learn how to most effectively promote your cause? Come to Be the Media talk at the Ridgefield Library, Saturday, Dec 12th.
Want to learn how to utilize social media to convey your message, or promote your small business? Join me at the Katonah Library, Sunday, Dec 13th with guest speaker David Mathison, former VP of Reuters, and author of Be the Media.