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For Release — May 2, 2013

Statement on the Dryden Appellate Decision on Natural Gas Development

ALBANY— “The Business Council's position is unchanged. We have been a steadfast supporter of shale development. The economic opportunities and potential jobs created by natural gas development would bring a lasting positive impact to the region and the state, and we believe that scientific and technical reviews will prove the case for moving forward with permits in New York State. Regardless of the final court outcome on this case, we oppose statutory prohibitions on the state or local level, as contrary to sound economic, energy and environmental policy.”

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.