Columbia University Watershed Lecture

The Future of New York City Drinking Water: Drilling for Natural Gas in the Catskill Watershed

When: Thursday, February 19th, 8 pm

Where: Columbia University Mathematics Building, Room 312,
2990 Broadway (Enter campus on 116th Street)

New York's Catskill watershed supplies drinking water for 9 million New Yorkers. However, industrial gas development throughout much of the West-of-Hudson watershed threatens this important region. Today, gas companies aim to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation which underlies much of southern and western New York State. New extraction technologies risk a wide range of potential environmental impacts, not least of which is possibly contaminating the drinking water supply of New York City.

Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, will discuss the environmental and public health risks associated with development of the Marcellus Shale formation, as well as how to carefully and safely approach new natural gas drilling technologies and avoid creation of a cautionary tale.

For directions to the building, see: Columbia map