The discussion in the media for the most part about natural gas development in New York has been focused on the environmentalists push to ban. The media has sensationalized all the reasons why the state should not move ahead with developing its shale resources. This stance has been so over played that it has become many people’s mantra leaving little room for any other type of discussions. It was felt (by the antis) that if enough pressure was put on the state, that they would respond as some of the Town boards have been responding to the pressure by saying… NO. So, when the state released the almost finalized sGEIS and then the Regulations, there was general disbelief and panic. The question was never "To drill or not to drill" but "How to drill safely". That is now obvious.
Energy expert Yergin: Shale gas here to stay
Daniel Yergin, one of the most influential voices in the world of energy, says shale gas is here to stay.
"Shale gas has come on really fast," Yergin, an author and energy analyst, said in an interview Monday. "But people don't realize it's 30 percent of our gas production. It's not a question of whether to do it or not. It's happened."
Yergin, who is a member of a presidential shale-gas advisory commission, said it's important to develop resources like Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale "responsibly," adhering to best environmental practices while responding to local community concerns.