Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Fracking Central Park

A FOIL request of the DEC has uncovered two shale gas well permit applications in Central Park. The address on the first application is given as “Central Park West at W. 62nd Street.” The second is an address on Central Park East. The mineral rights owner is listed as “New York City” and the mineral leases are to “N. Bedford Forrest Operating Company, of Guthrie, Oklahoma,” ably represented by The Law Firm of Tom West. The applications are shown as exploratory or “wildcat” tests of the Olmsted Shale, a formation of which little is known. Target depth is 10,000 feet, which would require one of the biggest land rigs available to be brought up from the Eagle Ford field in South Texas, possibly by barge up the Hudson River.

Based on the DEC’s proposed fracking regulations, the proposed HVHF applications would be acceptable to the Department of Mineral Resources director Brad “Flat Earth” Field, since the drill pad sites are more than 500 feet from the nearest “inhabited dwellings” on either Central Park West or East, and are more than 500 feet from the nearest “places of assembly,” Lincoln Center or the Oak Bar at the Plaza.
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