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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Politicians Address Marcellus Shale Insight 'Conference in Philadelphia

Shale Insight 2013: Newt Gingrich and The ‘R’ Word

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses the Marcellus Shale Coalition's annual industry conference in Philadelphia.Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses the Marcellus Shale Coalition's annual industry conference in Philadelphia.

Regulators need to keep up with industry, not the other way around, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a packed ballroom Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Gingrich was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Shale Insight Conference, the third annual gathering of drilling industry leaders hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition that began Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters before his speech, the former Republican presidential candidate slammed the Environmental Protection Agency for unnecessary bumps on the road to American energy independence.
“It’s a very interesting moment in American history and I think one in which we’ll see almost inevitably the weight of technological and scientific progress grind down the regulators,” he said.

Pennsylvania’s governor broached the subject more gently. Addressing early morning conference-goers in a welcome video, Gov. Tom Corbett credited Marcellus Shale development with inspiring a second industrial revolution. But unlike the first, he vowed Pennsylvania will protect the environment.

“We have achieved a great deal,” Corbett said. “Inspections are up, but so is compliance.”

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is supporting a new bill that would change how endangered species are listed in hopes of streamlining habitat reviews.   Read more...


Anonymous said...

this is the same nitwit that says we shouldn't have child labor laws.

I wonder, too, if he lives in an area open to extraction. I'm not anti-fracing, but I do want it done right.

with a name like Newt, he should go back under a rock where he belongs.

Anonymous said...

Typical demorat attack them personally if you can't debate the point. (Newt) is smarter than you ever hoped to be!