On Friday, New York State’s DEC closed its most recent comment period on its high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF, of hydro-fracking) regulations – a process that began in 2009.

The reality is that shale gas can be developed safety and responsibly, and that doing so will be good not only for the Upstate economy, but for our environment as well.  The safe and responsible development of natural gas not only delivers clean, homegrown, abundant and affordable energy, but will provide good-paying jobs and tax revenue for communities and for the state.

If Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and a half-dozen other states can develop their shale gas resources, why can’t New York?

Read the views of John Conrad, hydro-geologist and environmental consultant, about why Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing are vital to a successful climate and energy strategy.