In a surprising announcement, the Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced yesterday that it will not drill on existing leases it holds in the New York City watershed, nor will it purchase any new leases within the watershed. Whether or not other gas companies will follow their lead remains to be seen, and we are not yet certain if other companies’ drilling plans will proceed in the Delaware and Hudson watershed areas of the Marcellus Shale that are not part of the New York City watershed—there are conceivably areas in Albany, Greene, Schoharie, Otsego, Sullivan and Orange counties where drilling may still be planned. Chesapeake Energy also announced that they do plan to drill in other areas of the Marcellus Shale, so we need to watch this closely. There are important aquifers and fisheries downstream that are not necessarily part of the New York City Watershed.
Public hearings are scheduled for this evening— Meeting Location:
Loch Sheldrake – Sullivan County Community College E Building,
Seelig Theatre; 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Doors will open at 6:00 PM for individual questions and speaker sign up.
Public comment session will start at 7:00 PM.
Future Public Hearings:
11/10/2009 – New York City – Stuyvesant High School High School Auditorium, 345 Chambers St, New York, NY 10282 11/12/2009 – Chenango Bridge – Chenango Valley High School High School Auditorium, 221 Chenango Bridge Rd, Chenango Bridge, NY 13901 TBD – Elmira/Corning