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Marcellus Shale Coalition Whines – Money Not Fair

by Dory Hippauf on October 8, 2012

HuffPost’s article, Pennsylvania Gas Drilling Research Has Received Over $19 Millon From Charities | AP  |  By KEVIN BEGOS | 10/07/2012 outlines how much money citizen and nonprofits have received in grants.  

Foundations from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh have provided more than $19 million for gas-drilling-related grants since 2009, according to an Associated Press review of charity data. The money has paid for scientific studies, films, radio programs, websites and even trout fishing groups that monitor water quality.

Foundations from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh have provided more than $19 million for gas-drilling-related grants since 2009, according to an Associated Press review of charity data. The money has paid for scientific studies, films, radio programs, websites and even trout fishing groups that monitor water quality.

Natural Gas industry and their associated front groups are protesting, claiming bias in the campaigns.   Really?  And the Natural Gas Industry’s campaigns are as objective and unbias as ummmmm… Truthland?

But the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a leading industry group, criticized what it sees as a “record of bankrolling organizations and institutions opposed to the safe development of job-creating American natural gas.”

“As clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale is creating tens of thousands of jobs, enhancing air quality, providing lower energy costs for consumers and helping to make our region a manufacturing hub once again, it’s ironic, if not disingenuous, that the Heinz Endowments claims to be focused on ‘solutions to challenges that are national in scope,'” said Steve Forde, a Shale Coalition spokesman.

Creating Tens of Thousands of Jobs?
US Chamber of Commerce launches pro-gas campaign with inaccurate jobs numbers
| Donald Gilliland | July 19, 2012 | The Patriot-News

Excerpt (emphasis added):The U.S. Chamber launched its “Shale Works For US” campaign, erroneously overstating the employment benefits of natural gas in Pennsylvania by more than 132,000 jobs per year.

Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, wouldn’t say how much they planned to spend on the campaign, only that it was a “multi-million” campaign “to give voice to industry… to help the rest of America understand” the opportunities afforded by natural gas fracked from shale.

Excerpt (emphasis added):The “Shale Works For US” promotional literature distributed in the rotunda stated unequivocally that “In 2010 natural gas in Pennsylvania accounted for the creation of 140,00 jobs.”  

In an accompanying press release, they claimed shale gas production “created over 300,000 new jobs in the last two years.”

According to the most recent Labor & Industry data, the core industries associated with natural gas drilling have added 18,007 jobs since the fourth quarter of 2008, with an additional 5,611 jobs added in ancillary industries over the same period.

That’s a grand total of 23,618 jobs over three years.

When asked to explain the discrepancy, Hearthway said, “I have not read those particular numbers.”

Harbert remained silent, then asked for other questions.

Excerpt (emphasis added):For its part, the U.S. Chamber issued a revised press release Thursday afternoon changing the 300,000 jobs “created” to 180,000 jobs “supported” by natural gas.

A U.S. Chamber spokesman explained that they had “misread” a paragraph in the Penn State study

Enhancing Air Quality – Really?

Natural Gas Wells Proliferation Poisoning Children’s Air, Research Suggests  | HuffPost | Lynne Peeples | 3/23/2012

(Emphasis added) If everything goes as planned, Angie Nordstrum’s son may look out the window of his second-grade classroom at Red Hawk Elementary this fall and see a full-scale natural gas drilling operation.

He and his classmates, Nordstrum noted, will then have no choice but to breathe emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and other toxic pollutants -- even while they tend to a 1,500-square-foot organic garden at their LEED-certified school.

Theo Colborn Addresses Air, Water Issues Related to Gas Drilling | by Sue Smith-Heavenrich |Broader View Weekly, February 20, 2009

Excerpt: Drilling may produce a number of airborne pollutants as well,” Colborn told the audience. These pollutants may include heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury, and radioactive materials.

“Fugitive methane and volatile organic chemicals may be released directly into the air around a well site,” Colborn said. In addition to methane, these chemicals may contain the “BTEX” complex (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene), hydrogen sulfide,diesel exhaust, and nitrous oxides.

While diesel exhaust by itself may seem an acceptable cost of mineral exploration, combine it with nitrous oxides under a sunny sky and you create an ozone problem.

Ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from damaging ultraviolet rays, but at ground level ozone is a pollutant that affects our respiratory systems.

This past winter ozone levels in Wyoming reached over 100 parts per billion (ppb). Ozone plumes may extend up to 200 miles, affecting the health of humans, livestock, forests, and crops.

“Ozone can burn holes in the alveoli of the lungs,” Colborn said, pointing out that destruction of these tiny air sacs contributes to early aging of the lungs. Exposure to ground-level ozone contributes to asthma in children and adults as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Ozone is equally damaging to conifers, commercial timber trees, and forage and food crops. Researchers have noted effects on plants at levels of 50 ppb. In the western US trees play an important role in holding water, so a threat to the health of forests is also a threat to the water supply.

“You have to consider air pollution as seriously as water pollution,” Colborn said. The level of ozone created by a single drilling site is not significant. It is the collective impact that people need to pay attention to – the impact of significant gas development in one area.

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Let’s see what the Natural Gas Industry has Spent

Marcellus Shale Coalition was founded in 2008 and at that time boasted a gas industry membership of approximately 95 corporations. It has since grown to nearly 300 members. There are 44 corporations listed as Board Members, and 254 as Associate Members.

Regarding Act 13 – Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and its trade groups spent $3.37 million on lobbying between January and September 2011, according to Department of State records. Environmentalists spent $178,909 during the same time period.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition led in lobbying expenditures, laying out $1.2 million. Range Resources finished second. Rounding out the top five spenders during the first nine months of last year were Chesapeake-Appalachia LLC, $296,596; Shell Oil Co., $277,323; and Spectra Energy Transmission LLC, $147,000, state records showed.

Natural Gas Industry Has Spent More Than $23 Million to Influence PA Elected OfficialsMarcellusMoney.org update details $774,000 in new contributions; $6.8 million in new lobbying in 2011 and 2012

HARRISBURG, PA–The natural gas industry and related trade groups have now given nearly $8 million to Pennsylvania state candidates and political committees since 2000, according to new research by Common Cause Pennsylvania and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. Top recipients of industry money given between 2000 and April 2012 were Governor Tom Corbett (R) with $1,813,205.59, Senate President Joseph Scarnati (R-25) with $359,145.72, Rep. Dave Reed (R-62) with $137,532.33, House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Turzai (R-28) with $98,600, and Sen. Don White (R-41) with $94,150.

Total contributions from natural gas interests between 2000 and 2012: $8 million. Total lobbying expenditures by natural gas interests between 2007 and 2012: $15.7 million

 Oil and Gas Lobbying: (per Opensecrets.org)

 

 

 

Not included in these numbers is the amount spent on PR Campaigns, front groups, industry trade associations and infomercials such as:

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deb January 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks for re-posting this…. MSC will be doing a ton of whining as of this afternoon!

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