Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute released a report that provides a state-by-state look at current natural gas drilling industry jobs, as well as the job-creating potential of shale-gas drilling over the next five years.

The report finds that about 44,000 jobs in the state this year are connected to oil and gas extraction in the state.  It forecasts that such employment will rise in New York to 74,000 by the end of the decade, even if New York continues its de facto moratorium on shale gas development.

Imagine what the job and economic activity numbers would be if the state finalized its regulatory process and began issuing permits for shale gas development.