Supporters of natural gas development Thursday launched a campaign to educate New Yorkers. In a media release, they said they hoped to set the record straight about hydraulic fracturing and the thousands of jobs it will generate.
Organizers of the “Real People, Real Jobs” rally in Albany earlier this month worked on the campaign. The rally brought farmers, landowners, small business advocates, laborers and industry together in support for lifting the state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the release said.
“We remain confident that the state will make the right decision, but we want to make sure Albany leaders know the people of the Southern Tier and throughout the Marcellus Shale want to move forward as soon as feasible,” said Susan Dorsey, a landowner and mother of seven from Chenango County. “New York can create good jobs that will save farms, keep families together and lift entire communities because that is exactly what has happened in Pennsylvania and other parts of the country.”
Chris Musser, a small business owner from Vestal, said: “We will continue to do everything we can to set the record straight so people understand the truth about the real benefits of natural gas development. This campaign takes the message we delivered in Albany at the rally and makes sure everyone in the New York Marcellus Shale region gets it.”
The campaign includes a television advertisement that will run on broadcast and cable in the Binghamton and Elmira media markets, running into early November. In addition, supporters have logged more than 102,000 calls into residents throughout the Southern Tier and visited more than 30,000 homes, the release said.
“Natural gas development offers not just jobs for the people of the Southern Tier, but could also help bring down utility rates for the people of New York,” said Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, which is a division of the American Petroleum Institute. “All of this development relies on hydraulic fracturing, which offers a safe and proven way to create jobs while responsibly protecting land, water and public health.”
API is a national trade association that represents the American oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members — including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms — provide most of the nation’s energy, the release said. The industry, according to the release, also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.