Riverkeeper Blogs

A New York Times article leads off with a chilling picture of the consequences or under-regulated gas drilling, or fracking, in Pennsylvania: Around suppertime on June 3 in Clearfield County, Pa., a geyser of natural gas and sludge began shooting out of a well called […] More
Hudson Whiskey from Tuthilltown Spirits
Whether you’re the type of person who likes to enjoy it neat while reading Faulkner in your private library, or you prefer it with mounds of crushed ice, sugar and a few sprigs of mint, we can all agree that whiskey quenches a certain thirst. […] More
Help put a face on the fight against fracking! Print this image (click for bigger), fill in the blank with something you love (beer? bagels? ice cubes?) made with clean NYC drinking water, take a photo of you holding the sign and then post it […] More
Terrace Bagels in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn makes some of the best bagels in the city. Owner Louis Thompson talked to Riverkeeper about how important clean, delicious New York Water is to his bagels, and how we need to keep it clean and delicious. Fracking could […] More
Mmmm... New York's Finest
Photo courtesy of AMNH/Matt Shanley
How good is New York City’s water? Pretty darn good. This summer, New York took second place in The American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test.  NYC beat (most of) the 21 other regional winners from water-tasting competitions across […] More
Terrace Bagels
Folks in New York City who wonder how fracking upstate would affect them only need to talk to your favorite bakers, brewers and baristas. New York's clean, unfiltered tap water is considered some of the best in the world - so good it's considered the "secret ingredient" of many of our favorite things to eat and drink. More
Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with which New York shares the Marcellus Shale deposit, have been quicker to embrace fracking than New York (so far). Tragic stories coming out of communities there are a possible preview of what’s to come for our state if fracking isn’t […] More
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Josh Fox’s new HBO documentary Gasland is an in-depth investigation of the fracking industry and its enablers. Fox travels across 24 states to speak with scientists, government officials and ordinary people whose lives have been changed by fracking in their communities. Don’t want flammable water […] More
The historic BP Oil Spill in the Gulf and deadly mining disasters in West Virginia have shown the tragedy that lax (or nonexistent) regulation of resource extraction can cause. The next example of this could be hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which could contaminate New York […] More
A barge remains berthed at north side of Newtown Creek just east of the Pulaski Bridge. There is reason to believe that this heavily damaged barge has been abandoned and has already lost some floatation foam to New York Harbor waters. We have seen foam […] More

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