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Opinion

July 31, 2013

If fracking's safe, why exclude watersheds?

Regarding letters from Ms. Lusins (July 23) and others stating that hydraulic fracturing is completely safe and will not contaminate our water: Why does the state Department of Environmental Conservation report studying fracking issues recommend exemptions for both the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, which supply drinking water to their respective communities?

Why does the New York City Department of Environmental Protection state that fracking poses an unacceptable threat to the drinking water supply of its residents and cannot be safely permitted within the New York City watershed?

Stan Rabbiner

Oneonta

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