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The Water Is Safe To Drink

Reveal Date

April 30, 2011



Official-looking Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) stickers, with chilling assurance that the tap water is “most likely safe,” appeared above public faucets throughout New York. The stickers, and the website they refer to, were created in order to alert citizens to just what would be at stake if a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York State were to be lifted.


In June 2011, the real New York DEP complained about the website. Not wanting to pick a fight with the DEP—who, also, is firmly opposed to hydrofracking in the New York watershed—the activists took down the website. The version linked here is an archive.


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