The good news is that a large part of New York state sits atop the prolific Marcellus shale play, which could hold more than 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The unfortunate reality is that state leaders continue to leave in place a ban on hydraulic fracturing that would be used to produce gas from that shale.
Sound regulations protect human health and the environment, while promoting economic development. Unfortunately, some regulations are not only harmful to the economy but also unnecessary for environmental protection.
We must create policies that recognize the economic, safety and environmental implications; that adhere to reasonable regulation and oversight; and leverage American ingenuity to constantly improve in all areas -- including those in conservation and efficiency.