ICYMI - IOGA of NY: President Obama's Remarks on Natural Gas Exploration Should Set the Tone for New York

HAMBURG, NY (01/26/2012)(readMedia)-- The following statement is attributable to Brad Gill, IOGA of NY executive director.

"In his State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Obama spoke of the important role domestic oil and natural gas will have in securing the nation's energy future and economic recovery. Using newer technologies to harvest homegrown energy is a vital component in job creation and commerce by powering businesses and 'factories that are cleaner and cheaper.'

The President said: 'We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years. And my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.'

The President's energy policy acknowledges the 600,000 jobs that natural gas production will help create over the next decade. His messages must be heard and considered in New York as the state moves toward allowing safe natural gas development in the Southern Tier.

The President spoke about the 'America within our reach' where the nation is not 'so tied to unstable parts of the world' and controls our own security and energy. He pointed to clean-burning, domestic natural gas as part of that solution. We are confident that his vision will be reflected in the administration's actions, and that New York will recognize the role it will play in fulfilling the nation's energy goals."

IOGA of NY, representing more than 400 individuals and companies engaged in the oil and natural gas industry, promotes the common interests of its members who represent all industry sectors. IOGA of NY members are committed to operating safely, efficiently and with great care and stewardship on behalf of the state's natural resources. IOGA of NY and its members strive to educate the public about the positive impacts the oil and gas industry has had – and will continue to have – on New York's economy and quality of life.