From the email inbox:
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"(The Marcellus Shale Coalition) has invited all state legislators and staff to a reception with "senior executives, technical experts and other decision-makers from oil and gas companies and service providers in the Appalachian Shale Basin" scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2013 6-8 p.m. at Harrisburg Hilton- 2nd floor Ballroom.
Since many environmental groups and foundations have been "bought off" or are in retreat and "budget politics" is holding back a key decision from the Pa. Supreme Court on local zoning (
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As I recently called it in a prior post, the natural gas industry will pull out all $top$ to ensure they get "their guy/gal" appointed to the soon-to-be-vacant leadership roles of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
No doubt in my mind whatsoever.
What is even more disturbing to me are the two segments of red/underlined text (my annotations) in the email's second paragraph. Read them again, then consider this:
This is the perception of an elected official working in Harrisburg.
So...many environmental groups have been "bought off" or are in retreat, and the DEP is "completely" in the hands of the natural gas industry.
This is happening on our watch, folks.
Time for a change in tactics and direction.