Today, new technologies for unlocking natural gas have revolutionized the industry. A half-century old process called hydraulic fracturing combined with a relatively new ability to drill horizontally in shale formations has made America more energy independent than it has been in 50 years. Yet, New York has decided to "opt-out" of participating in this economic opportunity.
Listening to the polarized energy debate in the United States, you might think natural gas was an economic and geopolitical cure-all - or an environmental curse.
The recently announced resignation of New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is the latest episode in New York's unfinished natural gas saga.
If New York wants to reduce inequality, it's going to have to come up with jobs that involve more than reading the evening news or designing a new app.
Several accidents involving trains carrying volatile crude oil have spooked politicians in Albany who are fearful of similar incidents occurring in the state capital and other New York communities. For his part, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order calling for review of safety regulations and emergency response preparedness for the shipment of North Dakota volatile crude oil by rail into the state.
Environmentalists have drawn a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline. It's the wrong line in the wrong sand, far away from any realistic assessment of the merits - as yet another government analysis has confirmed. It's past time for President Obama to set aside politics and resolve this bizarre distraction of an issue.
A constant, mild hiss. That was my chief observation when I returned to Anadarko Petroleum's Landon Pad A, a natural-gas site in Lycoming County, Pa.
Ask any elected state official, regardless of party affiliation, what a top issue facing the Commonwealth is and they'll likely cite transportation funding - or a lack thereof. It's a critical issue that has been put off for decades with a patchwork of temporary solutions offered along the way.
It's nice that members of the public and elected officials can offer viewpoints regarding natural gas development, but leveraging celebrity statements to make their cases demonstrates how thin and unsubstantiated their arguments are.
Come on, New York, let's stop stalling and get on with the fracking. Three years of protracted discussion, debate, hearings, etc. is enough already. Governor, get off it and approve the procedure. Stop emulating your dad in making decisions. And forget about Washington. There is a lady in nearby Westchester County who has the 2016 nomination wrapped up.