...Brad Gill, executive director of the pro-fracking Independent Oil & Gas Association, said in a statement that Obama's message "must be heard and considered in New York as the state moves toward allowing safe natural gas development in the Southern Tier. ... 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."
"The President is right," said Jerry Kremer, chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance. "New York must find a way to safely extract Marcellus Shale gas, as the resulting jobs and energy are vital to our state's future."
But Claire Sandberg, executive director of the advocacy group Frack Action, listened to that section of Obama's speech with "great dismay."
"His portrait doesn't stand up to the facts," she said, arguing that the drilling industry underplays environmental concerns and issues overblown projections of its economic impact.