Environmentalists and a growing number of concerned New Yorkers are opposed to the plan, which would allow energy companies to use a new drilling technology known as hydro-fracking to extract gas from what is believed to be a massive underground gas reserve.
Energy companies are pushing to drill in close proximity to the city’s reservoir system, which provides millions of city residents with clean drinking water.
Gary Giordano, the district manager of CB5, brought the issue to the board’s attention earlier this year. Giordano has called it perhaps the single most important issue since he became district manager two decades ago.
“We as a city really need to pay attention to this,” Giordano said at CB5’s last meeting.
If the full board approves the environmental committee’s recommendation against the drilling, Giordano has indicated CB5 would work with other community boards to draft a citywide resolution.
The environmental committee recommendation is expected at CB5’s next meeting on June 8. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CNL center (3rd Fl., Door #10) of Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue, in Middle Village.
To register to speak in advance, or for additional information, please call the Board 5 office at (718) 366-1834. (Daniel Bush)