A study released this week by the University at Buffalo’s Shale Resources and Society Institute looked at Pennsylvania’s experience with natural gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.  It finds that state oversight and better industry practices have significantly reduced the risk of major environmental problems stemming from drilling high-volume natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania.

The report, which examined nearly 3,000 reported violations at almost 4,000 Pennsylvania natural gas wells between January 2008 and August 2011, found that nearly two-thirds of the violations were administrative in nature.

The report found that the number of environmental violations was reduced by half from 2008 through 2011.  Timothy Considine, a University of Wyoming economics professor and lead author of the UB report, said “Regulatory oversight has been quite effective in Pennsylvania in ensuring the safe development of natural gas resources.”

Unshackle Upstate continues to support the safe development of the state’s natural gas resources.  We believe that the state government can find the right balance between protecting the environment and permitting the natural gas industry to create jobs and economic activity in New York.