A lot of people are spending a lot of time and money touting natural gas as the solution to America’s energy problems, but the folks in New York state apparently haven’t gotten the message.

Tom Price Senior vice president for corporate development and government relations at Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Natural gas producers like Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Corp. have faced opposition from those who believe the industry’s exploration methods will endanger the state’s water supply.

"We have seen a lot of concern among environmental groups in New York and in particular the New York City area about the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing drilling on the watershed, which supplies water to New York City,” said Tom Price, Chesapeake’s senior vice president for corporate development and government relations.

New York state has enacted a moratorium on horizontal drilling, a key part of natural gas exploration, until regulators complete new standards expected to be among the strictest in the country.

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