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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which runs the city's water system, most recently had Carter Strickland as commissioner. He was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011.

In trade circles, rumors have been circulating that a former DEP commissioner, Al Appleton, may be returning to the agency, which he served during the Dinkins administration. In recent years Appleton has been listed as chairman of the board's environmental committee for Revett Minerals Inc. and as associate professor for sustainability at The Cooper Union, as well as an international consultant on sustainability.

Those in the know are declining to comment. City appointments aside, Appleton is an interesting figure in the environmental world. Embedded below is a speech he gave dissecting the practice of hydraulic fracturing for shale-gas, aka fracking.

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