Thursday, April 30 Watershed Event

If you missed our March 21 Watershed Symposium, you can read about it in the current Linewaiters' Gazette.

You can also attend the following panel discussion and film preview:

Water Under Attack:
Does Natural Gas Drilling Threaten NYC Drinking Water?

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7 pm

The Community Church Assembly Hall
40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, between Park & Madison Avenues

$10 suggested donation

Topic: Did you know that plans are underway to drill for natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale layer, which spans Pennsylvania, parts of New York, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio? In New York State alone, tens of thousands of wells are being proposed over the next few years. Those who own the mineral rights stand to make millions of dollars, while gas companies would reap billions, yet they would be exempt from many environmental protection regulations, thanks to the Bush administration. The hydraulic fracturing process for extracting natural gas uses a toxic, dangerous brew of over 275 chemicals. If these plans go through, New York’s most precious resources - one of only 5 pristine/unfiltered water systems in the US - would be contaminated.

The Speakers:

Albert Appleton is a former NYC DEP Commissioner and world-wide watershed expert.

James L. Simpson is Staff Attorney for Riverkeeper Inc., a non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and safeguard the drinking water of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

Josh Fox will present excerpts from his film-in-progress about the horrific environmental effects of Natural Gas Drilling in the United States.

Barbara Arrindell holds a degree in Bioengineering from Columbia University’s School of Engineering. She is co-founder, Director and Chief Science Officer of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.

Joseph Levine is co-founder of DCS and NY-H2O, groups which are working to prevent upstate gas drilling. He is an architect/partner with Bone/Levine Architects, which conducts research involving New York City’s essential infrastructure.

Image from Wild Education