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The other side of the fracking issue...

Mar 04, 2011 8:22 am
You know all that information published by the New York Times this week about gas drilling? The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York countered this week with a press release that starts, "As the State Senate considers the confirmation of a new commissioner at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Governor Cuomo and the Legislature strive to identify budget-balancing solutions for our state, New York's oil and gas industry offers a realistic solution: Natural gas development in New York's Southern Tier." The piece goes on to highlight the "outward migration of our best and brightest young citizens; the highest taxes in the nation; shuttered businesses throughout the state; sky-rocketing energy costs; and job losses in the tens of thousands" as reasons why "the viable solution and an element of the state recovery is under our feet in the form of natural gas." The press release then turns into a missive as the association "asks Commissioner designate Joseph Martens, the Legislature and Governor Cuomo to consider the potential economic impact and at the conclusion of the Department's environmental review of the processes associated with capturing natural gas, and to move swiftly to capitalize on an opportunity that advances energy independence and economic growth." The interesting factoid? Instead of focusing statewide, or on the Catskills watershed counties of Delaware and Sullivan, the association is stressing action only in Broome, Tioga and Chemung counties.
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