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Natural Gas Drilling in Marcellus Shale

Hydraulic fracturing – or "hydrofracking" – poses many risks to the environment, particularly to unfiltered water supplies. The process involves injecting high volumes of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to release natural gas found in the Marcellus Shale. The intense industrialization associated with the process could contaminate New York City's high-quality drinking water, which 9 million New Yorkers rely on every day. DEP is committed to protecting New York City’s water supply from natural gas drilling, and invites visitors to explore the resources available below to become better informed on the issue.

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An explanation of the Marcellus Shale, the practice of horizontal natural gas drilling, and what it means to the 9 million New Yorkers who drink from New York's water supply.
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DEP's Position on Gas Drilling
Natural gas drilling and exploration are incompatible with the operation of New York City’s unfiltered water supply system and pose unacceptable risks for more than nine million New Yorkers.
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Department of Environmental Conservation

Environmental Impact Statement
In September 2009 the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft supplemental GEIS to assess potential impacts from gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
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Video Highlight – Hydrofracking: The Pressure to Drill
In this half-hour special, Hydrofracking: The Pressure to Drill, NY1 examines the issues behind the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking.
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Pictures and Maps
Visual resources on natural gas drilling and Marcelleus Shale
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Resources and Links
A list of outside websites with information regarding Natural gas drilling, the Marcellus Shale, and New York's water supply.
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