New Yorkers too may be able to set fire to the water coming out of their tap after drilling to extract natural gas in layers deep below water aquifers.
Horizontal fracturing drilling pours hundreds of thousands of gallons of our drinking water and carcinogenic chemicals into layers of earth underneath our underground aquifers to release trapped natural gas but only 10% of the gas and about 40% of the now radioactive water is captured, leaving 90% of the natural gas to rise through earth’s layers into our water supplies. And there are no local water treatment plants that can process the radioactive wastewater from each drilling site. Can any treatment plants process this quantity of carcinogenic, radioactive water safely? We don’t know.