Climate for fracking

Good news on the climate-change front: A shift from coal to natural gas by U.S. power plants -- made possible by the drilling technology known as fracking -- has cut the nation's planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions by 500 megatons a year. According to Foreign Policy magazine, that's roughly double the impact of all the climate-change agreements signed everywhere in the world over the past 20 years. Combined.



Opponents of fracking get a free ride from critics

While much has been said about funding of the University at Buffalo's shale institute, the criticism ignores an "inconvenient truth" about energy-related research and how it is reported. All too often, the focus is on the role the oil and gas industry plays in sponsoring studies and acquiring data about drilling in general, and especially production and extraction activities in U.S. shale formations. While it's never stated (except by environmental activists), there is an underlying sense the findings are suspect because they come from the industry.



Fracking will give state a needed boost

Many observers, especially those in the political mainstream, are waiting to see if the governor is so easily influenced by a politically important minority that he is willing to forgo an entire industry that will benefit large swaths of New York and its neediest residents. While national politicians have a knack for pandering, very few have turned down the levels of economic activity that hydraulic fracturing is expected to provide.



Manufacturing's Keystone: Skilled Labor

This Philadelphia Daily News commentary deals specifically with the impact of the Marcellus Shale on Pennsylvania's economy -- but is pertinent to how natural-gas production in the U.S. is boosting the American economy and creating jobs. It also discusses a secondary -- and perhaps longer-lasting -- impact of natural-gas production in America: the potential for a substantial increase in base manufacturing activity.



Benefits and opportunities in oil and gas

U.S. oil and natural gas production is higher today than it has been for many years, providing a big boost to the economy at a time of sluggish job and income growth.



Guest Viewpoint: Drilling could jump-start N.Y. economy

Regardless of your position in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, something we can all agree on: New York state needs an economic jump-start. Local businesses that have supported communities for years are now struggling to survive. However, let's look at what has happened in one company in neighboring Pennsylvania with shale development.



Exporting Natural Gas Benefits America

Natural gas prices in the United States have been low in the past few years, and increased estimates in natural gas reserves from shale formations in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana are opening opportunities to increase exports to other nations. In some countries, natural gas prices are three times as high as they are in the United States.



Studies Document Benefits of Marcellus Shale for New Yorkers

Studies from the Public Policy Institute and the Manhattan Institute document the benefits of Marcellus Shale development for the state of New York.



New York county benefiting from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale

Beneath New York lies the Marcellus Shale, one of the world's largest sources of natural gas. It is a goldmine under our feet which, if developed, can push our state into a fast economic recovery -- just as it is doing for Pennsylvania.



Horizontal Drilling Minimizes Production Footprint

Horizontal drilling, also known as directional drilling, is the quiet genius whose numerous achievements are not always publicly touted. This technology, equal in importance to hydraulic fracturing, enables companies to extract trillions of cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. It not only provides access to reservoirs of natural gas thousands of feet beneath the surface that would otherwise not be available via vertical drilling, but it also minimizes the aboveground drilling footprint and protects acres of beautiful New York landscape.