Expert Calls For Civility In Marcellus Shale Debate

SOUTHPOINTE (KDKA) — In the debate over Marcellus Shale, contentious confrontations have become the norm.

Government hearings brim over with finger-pointing and anger.

Those in favor cite economic development and jobs while drilling opponents say the environment is being sold out for big bucks.

“You have communities divided like this all over the country and it’s because you guys aren’t making the right decisions,” Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields said.

Today Katie Klabyr of the industry-sponsored Marcellus Shale Coalition called for calm.

“I think it’s really important to stay focused on the civil discussion,” she said. “Fact-based discussions are always going to win the day.”

Marcellus opponent Myron Arnowitt of Clean Water Action says while he’d like to see a more civil tone — don’t hold your breath.

“I don’t think it’s going happen right now and think part of it is that people are frustrated that nothing has happened,” he said. “The state legislature hasn’t really taken any action on this issue.”

In the middle is Carnegie Mellon professor Kelvin Gregory who says while there are serious concerns and unanswered questions, it appears at this point that with proper oversight and regulations gas drilling can occur without major risks to the environment.

“If both sides would settle down and hear the facts and look for a middle ground, I think that would do a service to everyone in involved,” he said.

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  • Guitgui

    And how about making these Marcellus Shale drillers pay thier fair share in taxes. Oh, thats right, Governor Corbett took a million dollars off of them to be elected. And then he put pro drillers in charge of the enviromental panel. And then, he gives treats (free hotel, meals, game tickets) to anyone who has positive things to say while testifying. And let’s not forget how he wants to destroy public education and unions while trying to give a billion dollars for vouchers. Yes, rich and privilaged kids get even more free money to go privatge schools. (Yes, schools that can take and kick out anyone at anytime.) And governor, it so nice that you just bought 4 new vehicles for $70,000 for you and the lieutenant governor’s family. How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ted

      When thousands of your neighbors who are working in good paying jobs, feeding their families, and buying products from your other neighbors realize this regional boom is good for all who live here. There are taxes paid by those who work in the industry, property taxes, taxes for those who recieve the royalty checks, taxes on gas sold, tax on gas transported and on and on.

      Ignorance and a lack of knowledge is not an excuse for you and those like you to illogically scream at the top of their lungs. And btw 4 vehicles for $70,000 is a great deal.

  • Mike

    If you only had fact based commentary your arguments would be persuasive.

  • Lisa

    What kind of an “expert” is this Katie Klabyr? If KDKA is a lefitimate news source, then list her credentials – is she a psychologist or an expert in human behavior? Just because she represents an industry-funded organization, doesn’t make her an “expert.”

    • Ted

      OMG Lisa would you like to list your resume and your experience to denounce production of natural gas for heating, cooking, etc.

      How about listing the residence (address) of every protestor in ths room and their relationship to a specific drill site? I personally wouldn’t be surprised if they live NO WHERE near a fracking site!!!

      FYI, one gentleman claimed at a community meeting how 60 head of cattle had died or where still born on his farm. BTW when investigated it was proofed he lied to get his face in the media. Hmmmm……you don’t hear about the rebuttals do you?

  • Bob Wright

    Yeah……be civil and don’t scream when the Earth and the people are being phucked…….just lay there……like a good Christian…….

    • Pitt Fan

      That’s what Corbett wants, doesn’t he? Just ignore us destroying the environment while I make all my upper-class, white friends rich.

      • Ted

        Maybe we should ignore you to Pitt Fan but think about the price when you go to fill your car at the gas pump. Does it hurt a little?

        Now look at your home heating bill and is it more reasonable?

        If we drill, mine and fully utiliize our domestic resources we will have lower energy prices and the economy will be significantly better (i.e. lower unemployment rates, etc.). So everyone benefits.

        Drilling for gas in PA was being done LONG before Corbett was even born. So I assume your comment has a political agenda removed from drilling for our own domestic resources. Based on your thought process is it better to send our money to the middle east and help fund terrorism?

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  • Lisa

    ted: the drilling that’s been done in the past is CBM – coal bed methane… much closer to the surface. Marcellus Shale is much deeper, requires much more $$ to extract, and poses big hazards, just as the deep oil drilling on the Gulf Coast caused an oil spill that no one had the ability to stop.

    Your ignorance is showing, please cover it up.

  • Lisa

    Dude, you don’t even know the difference between “where” and “were.” A typo is excusable, but blatant ignorance in the face is not.

    BTW, I’m a former industry-insider (Fossil Fuel Natural Resources) – but I won’t try to claim expertise in whether or not civil discussion is more productive than radical protest – ’cause I’m not THAT kind of expert…. neither is Katie Klabyr

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