Beneath New York lies the Marcellus Shale, one of the world's largest sources of natural gas. It is a goldmine under our feet which, if developed, can push our state into a fast economic recovery -- just as it is doing for Pennsylvania.
Horizontal drilling, also known as directional drilling, is the quiet genius whose numerous achievements are not always publicly touted. This technology, equal in importance to hydraulic fracturing, enables companies to extract trillions of cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. It not only provides access to reservoirs of natural gas thousands of feet beneath the surface that would otherwise not be available via vertical drilling, but it also minimizes the aboveground drilling footprint and protects acres of beautiful New York landscape.