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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Krancer Villified By Gas Drilling Enemies

Pennsylvania secretary says he's been 'vilified' by foes of natural gas drilling

By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer

At a hearing Thursday about drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer lamented the "radicalization" of the discourse.

He said he was being "vilified" by drilling opponents.

"This matter has been radicalized fairly recently. Some folks just don't want to debate at all how it can be done safely," said Krancer, a lawyer from Bryn Mawr. "They just want to kill it . . . they're pulling out all the stops to make sure it doesn't happen."

In contrast, he said, "My mantra is sound science, facts; no emotion; no fiction." More...


Anonymous said...

Poor baby. A little emotion might be useful here. Some of the science is still out, and even where the drilling is "successful", there is impact. But it's easy to dismiss it from a distance. If it's in your own community, that's a different story.

coho said...

Bottom line is, we need the gas, we need the oil and people need to work. Drill baby drill

Anonymous said...

Dear Coho, we don't need the gas all at once. We can't store it in the quantities they can extract it in. Therefor, infrastructure is being put in place to sell this gas overseas.

It's about profits, not national security, so, please, stop pissing on my leg and trying to tell me it's raining.

Also, the single most important class of job this industry needs is being ignored. While PA has upgraded it's regulatory law, they have yet to follow suit with regulatory personnel. In other words, strong law is meaningless when there are insufficient personnel to apply that law.

Drill, I suppose we prolly should. But not until we get the personnel in place to closely oversee this activity. No industry should be allowed to police itself.

Anonymous said...

No industry WILL police itself, especially where there's billions and billions of dollars at stake. Just think though, of the money that will be needed to be spent on doctors, clinics, lawyers and the like down the road.......
THAT money will make the gas industry money look like peanuts!!

Anonymous said...

actually coho..... we don't need the gas. We import only 10% of the gas we use now. when the industry is granted permission to export natural gas to most likely china, prices for you and i will go up.

coho said...

I still say drill, and support my restaurant too. lol

Anonymous said...

coho ownes nothing... Not even a new boat