The visit to Pennsylvania of the so-called Shale Gas Commission formed by Secretary Chu to advise about improving the safety and environmental performance of shale gas drilling and fracking triggered efforts by pro-drilling and anti-drilling groups to insure their viewpoints were expressed directly to the members of the Commission. Even the Washington County Republican party got involved, urging pro-drilling members of the public to attend.
This is an example of democracy in action and what makes our country strong. The Commission for sure gets a taste for the passion swirling around shale gas issues. But hopefully Pennsylvanians can provide not just the heat of the issue but shine some light by making specific suggestions for improving natural gas drilling.
Thank you to the Commission for coming to Pennsylvania and hearing directly about this important topic.