In viewing the efforts of the many anti-drilling or "responsible drilling" groups and coalitions out there, I spend most of my time shaking my head in disbelief. Not because they aren't trying. They are. It's because, as I've stated several times before, they are tripping over their own egos and missing the bigger picture entirely.
I could peck away for hours on this one topic, but I'll get right to the point of this post: Everyone knows what the Marcellus Shale Coalition is, right? Everyone knows the gender and name of their primary spokesperson, right? Did I hear a resounding "Yes"?
That's what the anti, responsible and whatever-else-you-wanna-call-it drilling movement needs to do; model themselves after the MSC. Come together as one, elect/appoint a spokesperson...and go toe-to-toe with Kathryn Zuberbuhler Klaber and her $75K per month advisor, Tom Ridge, wherever the opportunities arise: in the media, at public hearings, and - if necessary - on the sidewalks of Harrisburg and Canonsburg. Don't show up 50 strong...show up 1,000 strong.
I've spoken at numerous drilling-related hearings over the past ~3 years. I always included a plea that those who wanted to stop the Marcellus Madness needed to come together as one. Guess no one listened...and look how far we've come:
Tom Corbett is our new Governor.
Anyway, if anyone on the "heard of cats" google group has administrative rights, please remove me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) from your distribution list. The last he said/she said exchange between Barb and Patrick was way too much for this somewhat mature tree-hugger to bear, and the "you don't like me" 3rd grade crap put me right over the edge. P.S. -If I upset you, so be it. Someone has to call it what it is - downright juvenile.
Grow up folks. This is - without question - the biggest threat to PA's environment and our quality of life that we will see in our lifetimes. It's gonna take everything we've got - TOGETHER - to make a difference.
Earth Day 2011 is ~90 days away. Let's start there.
Earth Day 2010 - DEP Headquarters Harrisburg, PA
Folks, I know how it feels to stop something big with plenty of political backing and years of momentum. I also know what it takes.