Several business groups and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York unveiled a new ad campaign Tuesday calling on New York to allow natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
The ad suggests that there is one thing "standing between the state of New York and thousands of new jobs." The one thing? The New York-Pennsylvania border. (Pennsylvania allows shale gas development. New York does not.)
From the ad:
"Safe and responsible shale gas development has been good for Pennsylvania and it will be good for us, too.
"It's clear Pennsylvanians have seen the benefits of shale gas development with more than 30,000 high-paying jobs and $1.6 billion in tax revenue. Those are economic improvements we need in New York. Not only is shale gas development good for the economy, it's helping the environment too — by helping reduce carbon emissions to their lowest level in 20 years and helping the U.S. become energy independent.
New York should end the delay and support safe and responsible shale gas development."
You can see the print ad below. Radio ads are also part of the campaign.
The ad campaign comes two days before the state Department of Environmental Conservation's deadline to complete a hydrofracking review. An agency spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the DEC will ask for a 90-day extension.