State must pursue shale development
The author of the letter, “Cuomo should prohibit fracking in New York,” gets the facts wrong on shale development.
The Energy Information Administration credited hydraulic fracturing and clean burning natural gas as the primary reason the United States has had the lowest greenhouse gas emissions in 20 years. President Obama agrees. During his climate address last summer, he said: “We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because … it can also help reduce our carbon emissions.”
Further, America’s top regulators and energy experts have repeatedly disagreed with opponents’ claims on groundwater. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has said, “I still have not seen any evidence of fracking per se contaminating groundwater.” And the water is definitely able to be reused, contrary to the writer’s claims. In fact, Marcellus operators are now recycling 90 percent of their flowback water.
As recent as last September, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that the Big Apple has some of the cleanest air in the country – thanks in large part to the increased use of affordable, clean-burning natural gas. Simply by virtue of being neighbors with Pennsylvania and the highly productive Marcellus Shale, New York is better off. Considering the EIA ranks New York as the fourth-largest consumer of natural gas, development within the state would not only create jobs and herald in new investment, it’s practical.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should embrace the shale revolution for the environmental benefits as well as the jobs and economic growth development it would bring to New York.
Joseph P. Massaro
Spokesman, Energy In Depth
Association of America