Politicians that were strongly opposed to hydraulic fracturing are reconsidering their stance after realizing the potential for shale gas to create jobs and increase energy security. Unfortunately, this isn't happening in New York. Instead, Europe is beginning to embrace hydraulic fracturing after years of opposition. We hope Gov. Cuomo is paying attention.
The New York Times reports this week that European nations may begin allowing hydraulic fracturing. The leaders in these nations see hydraulic fracturing as a way to “create jobs and increase energy security — a potent argument for a continent uncomfortably reliant on natural gas from Russia.”
As the article points out, Europeans have long been resistant to allowing hydraulic fracturing. But they are beginning to see the economic and security benefits that it will bring. It would be nice if New York’s politicians were as open to considering the facts about shale gas development.
Gov. Cuomo is currently pushing an economic development program for upstate. Notably absent from that proposal is any hint that he will allow hydraulic fracturing. The governor knows that allowing shale gas drilling could create tens of thousands of jobs in upstate New York. It is perplexing that shale gas development isn't the centerpiece of his economic development plans.
The benefits that hydraulic fracturing brings to an area are undeniable. If New York’s politicians don’t want to look across the border to see the great things shale gas has done for Pennsylvania, maybe they will consider what’s happening in Europe. Around the world, people are benefiting from hydraulic fracturing. It’s time for New York to benefit, too.