Former Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Advocates Gas Drilling in New York

By Adam Chick

June 13, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A seminar in Binghamton Wednesday sponsored by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York laid out the positives of natural gas drilling in the Empire State.

Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hangar was there advocating drilling in New York.

According to Hanger's blog, he likes to take a middle of the road approach to the issue at hand.

He says through the media and gas companies alike, people have been forced to take an extremist view on the matter, be it pro or con.

Hanger's main point was that there are benefits and drawbacks to any energy source.

One of the problems with fracking that environmentalists have been hung up on a loophole that allows the chemical companies that provide the gas drillers with their drilling chemicals to not disclose the exact formula of chemicals used.

Hanger said this isn't right.

"Those in the gas industry that have fought that or don't do that have made a huge mistake," said Hanger.

He went on to say that in Pennsylvania they fought that issue and passed a law that states the drilling companies must provide the DEP with every chemical used in their extraction process.

He says that through natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania a consumer's home heating bill on average has been $1,000 cheaper.

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