We were quite surprised when we read an article, entitled “Some anti-drilling activists change tactics, tone,” which appeared in the October 7, 2013 edition of the Daily Star. It was an Associated Press article which evidently originated in Pittsburgh.
According to the article “A few weeks ago, Victoria Switzer and other activists from Dimock endorsed a candidate for governor [of Pennsylvania] who supports natural gas production from gigantic reserves like the Marcellus Shale, albeit with more regulation and new taxes.”
The article continues with the thought that. “we had to work with the industry. There is no magic wand to make this go away,” said Switzer, who recently formed a group that seeks to work with drillers on improved air quality standards. “Tunnel vision isn’t good. Realism is good.”
The article also noted that “...Pennsylvania residents concerned about drilling no longer have the luxury of simply calling for a ban, Switzer said. Not with the Pennsylvania and West Virginia portions of the Marcellus already yielding more than $10 billion worth of gas annually, making it the nation’s most prolific gas field.”
We must say we were stunned to learn that someone who had appeared in the movie Gasland Part II would have reassessed the issue of natural gas development and come to this conclusion that is seemingly 180 degrees from where she started. We were equally stunned to learn from this same article that the Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, has also revised his stand on natural gas. It was Governor Shumlin who signed the first statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in the country. However, now he appears to be at least in favor of using natural gas.
According to the article, “last month, Shumlin spoke out in favor of a $90 million expansion of the state’s natural gas pipeline system — which will transport fracked gas — saying the project was critical to industry, the environment and people who are struggling to pay energy bills.”