Paterson Plan Encourages Natural Gas Drilling

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As part of a long-term energy policy released today, Governor Paterson wants New York to explore tapping a massive but environmentally sensitive natural gas resource: the draft plan seeks to encourage development of the Marcellus shale natural gas formation in the Southern Tier.

Paterson's draft energy report includes many initiatives he previously announced, including the development of new energy supplies and spending state money to build a "clean energy economy."

The plan aims to cut electricity use by 15 percent and increase renewable fuels such as wind power by 30 percent by 2015.