Last week, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce released its 2013 legislative agenda.

Developed based on input from its members, the Greater Binghamton Chamber’s efforts will focus on “lowering taxes and fees often hidden in the cost of doing business; mandate relief for schools and local governments; regulatory reform for employers; and the continued call for shale gas development in New York State.”

One of their top priorities this year is the development of natural gas in the region, which is not being allowed pending a state environmental review process that is now in its fifth year.

According to Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce President Lou Santoni:

“Our members overwhelmingly support gas development.  A number of members already work with the industry in Pennsylvania and recognize the growth opportunities here in New York.”

We could not have said it better ourselves.  It’s time to put aside the fear and misinformation and put into place a regulatory framework that will create high-paying jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lead to low-cost energy for businesses and consumers, while protecting human health and the environment.