While job creation is a big political selling point for oil and gas companies looking to sway state and federal officials, the energy-extraction industry is fraught with volatility, which often diminishes workers’ prospects for long-term, steady employment.
Regardless of where the Cuomo administration lands on regulation, the governor’s decision to allow any fracking in New York state will feel like a victory to energy companies who have been waiting for years to drill on already-leased land.
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