As we move towards a renewable future, fossil fuels will continue to be an important part of our energy portfolio for years to come. The fossil fuel that generates the most energy for the least amount of carbon emissions is natural gas. Since 2008, the recovery of natural gas from shale via the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has resulted in a nearly 70 percent decline in the price of this important energy source.

New Yorkers have benefited from this market situation, but not nearly as fully as we should have: the Marcellus Shale in the Southern Tier is rich in natural gas, but Governor Cuomo has yielded repeatedly to the anti-fracking lobby. The governor’s fracking ban has deprived New Yorkers who desperately need good paying jobs; the ban has also prevented our citizens from benefiting even further from the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas harvested in New York, by New Yorkers, for New Yorkers.

New York AREA supports lifting the ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York.