Last week, a coalition of anti-fracking groups launched a new campaign — which will include radio, billboards and social media – in an effort to convince Gov. Cuomo that the state should not allow hydraulic fracturing in New York.

New York has had a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in place since 2008. Back in October, Gov. Cuomo said that a state health review of hydraulic fracturing is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

It’s unfortunate that even after all of this time, the anti’s are still pushing out their misinformation.  The truth is that New York’s natural gas resources can be developed safely, and our view is that communities that want to allow these resources to be developed should be able to do so. Natural gas from fracking offers the promise of clean, abundant energy for the U.S. and the world, and will provide a much-needed economic boost to struggling portions of the state’s Southern Tier region, which sit within the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region.

We share the view of Rep. Chris Collins, who represents New York’s 27th Congressional District, when he says that “The time has come for Gov. Cuomo to open New York to fracking.”