No Mention of the NYC Watershed in Mayor Bloomberg’s Pro-Fracking Op-Ed

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media at the opening of the Workforce1 Veterans Career Center on July 31, 2012 in New York City. The center will offer area veterans assistance in their job search, help with resumes and classes on how to perfect the interview process. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for all veterans in June was 7.4 percent. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

"We can frack safely if we frack sensibly. That may not make for a great bumper sticker. It does make for good environmental and economic policy," wrote the mayor (and fracking pioneer George P. Mitchell) in the Washington Post. They went on to argue that the production of shale gas will lessen Americans' energy bills, bring outsourced jobs back, and reduce U.S. dependence on dirty coal. Not answered in the op-ed: whether fracking should be allowed in the New York City watershed, which would require a $9 billion filtration plant.