Protecting New Yorkers’ Health and the Environment by Regulating Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

Reference: Natural Resources Defense Council

With rising energy costs and fears of more volatility in the future, the natural gas industry is now searching for additional fuel sources. One such source is the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, an ancient rock formation that spans 600 miles and four states, including New York. Innovations in drilling technology have made it more attractive to tap the approximately 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas stored in the Marcellus Shale. While there may be benefits to drilling this large natural gas reserve, doing so without the proper monitoring and regulation by state and local officials will present a number of serious threats to human health and the environment in New York State. NRDC is therefore working with leaders across the state to ensure that if drilling in the Marcellus Shale occurs in New York, it will be done responsibly and only in appropriate areas.

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