Last Monday, supporters of responsible natural gas development gathered in Albany before marching to the state Capitol. They argue that the state is missing out on jobs and economic activity due to its lengthy review of “hydraulic fracturing,” sometimes referred to as “hydrofracking”.
Supporters argue that the state should allow the process in natural gas development because it will be an economic boon for upstate New York, an economically depressed area.
The state’s review of the hydraulic fracturing process began in 2008 – almost four years ago. In the meantime, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states have seen economic growth due to the natural gas industry. New York State recently announced that the state Department of Health will undertake a study of health-related issues, which could drag the approval process into 2013.