MSC Statement on New York DEC’s Proposed Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing

Canonsburg, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition President and Executive Director Kathryn Z. Klaber today commented on the rulemaking proposed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to regulate high-volume hydraulic fracturing needed to facilitate production of natural gas in the state’s Marcellus Shale region:

“Clean-burning and abundant natural gas is providing economic, environmental, and energy security benefits throughout our region, and we will carefully review the proposal of the Department of Environmental Conservation, with the hope of bringing responsible shale gas production to New York.  While a de facto moratorium on job creation in the New York Marcellus has denied significant economic activity to the state, we must ensure that the eventual regulations aimed at replacing that temporary halt in activity are both workable and balanced enough to fulfill New York’s promise to be ‘open for business.’

“In the weeks and months ahead, our industry will continue to engage with a variety of stakeholders in Albany and across the state to work toward policies that protect our valuable resources – our air, water, and land – while maximizing family-sustaining job creation in the state. Striking this balance is critical if New York is to realize the benefits of natural gas production that we have seen in communities throughout our region, and I look forward to the productive dialogue ahead.”

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