New York Times Agrees: Ban Drilling in NYC's Watershed

I wrote yesterday about the inadequacy of Chesapeake's decision not to exercise its right to drill in NYC's watershed and the need for the state to impose an across-the-board ban on drilling in that most precious resource.

Today a New York Times editorial issued the same call, writing:

"The threat has not ... disappeared. Chesapeake['s] ... decision is voluntary and not binding on other oil and gas companies. New York State needs to adopt regulations that place the watershed permanently off limits, while imposing the strictest possible safeguards on drilling anywhere else where drinking water supplies might be affected."

This is just the right message and one that it's time for Governor Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation to heed.