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New York is Losing Out on the Energy Revolution

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 18, 2014

State of Denial: New York Fracking Ban Hurts New Yorkers

Yesterday, New York Gov. Cuomo’s administration issued a statewide ban on fracking, a move that denies New Yorkers – especially landowners in the Southern Tier –benefits associated with the drilling method that’s driving America’s energy revolution.

The Empire State is sitting on a major opportunity to fuel not only its future, but also America’s future. Next door in Pennsylvania, more than $630 million has been distributed to communities since 2012 from industry-paid fees – more than $224 million in 2014 alone. Areas of the state that just a few short years ago were economically challenged, are thriving.

Economic benefits aside, New Yorkers rely heavily on natural gas for their electricity – 54 percent of New York households use natural gas for home heating. Natural gas is the largest energy source for the state by far: In 2010, New York used approximately 1,198 Bcf of natural gas, making it the fourth-largest natural gas-consuming state in the nation. Where does this natural gas come from? You guessed it, fracking.

Bad news for New York, and bad news for America.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.