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Natural Gas Drilling Facts

Did you know…

Drilling is safe; New York has among the most stringent environmental standards in the United States. Drilling has been conducted safely in New York for more than 100 years.

Industry is committed to safety and environmental protection. The last thing the industry wants is any violation of environmental law resulting in heavy fines and/or the inability to do business in New York.

Wells are open as long as they are productive, then capped, allowing for the landscape to return to its natural state.

The drilling industry uses less water than other major industries in New York, including golf courses. (Note: 36 million gallons a day is lost in the NYC system due to leaks.)

Fracturing is done well below the water table. The risk or likelihood of groundwater or well water contamination is extremely limited.

The fresh water aquifer is protected from the fracking conduit by multiple steel casings. It is reinforced with cement.

Ground water and aquifers also are protected from contamination from down hole stimulation, because of the New York’s current regulations and depth of the natural gas zone as compared to the water bearing aquifers.

Cost and lack of equipment prohibits massive drilling operations. (I.E. The Gold rush scenario will not occur.)

From an economic development perspective, exploration will bring millions of dollars into the region, benefiting residents, service businesses, and local, county and state government.

All taxes collected from the natural gas industry are collected in the form of real property – making sure tax dollars stay locally.

Natural gas exploration will help New York State and U.S. Achieve energy independence.


There are 194,500 acres represented in the Coalition as of 8/18/2010. The latest gas offers in New York State are $3000/acre with 20% royalties.

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