By Hilary Baum for The Riverdale Press
When, at the end of 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide ban on the environmentally unsound practice of fracking — high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — many of us breathed a sigh of relief, only to discover that New York City remains vulnerable to harm from gas drilling waste and from plans to expand the state’s gas delivery infrastructure. The AIM pipeline, for instance, will be built next to the aging Indian Point nuclear plant. An explosive pipeline rupture, though unlikely, could happen and cause unthinkable consequences for Riverdale, less than 30 miles away and, of course, the entire region.