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A recent editorial (“Health study a welcome move”) raises baseless doubts about the safe, tightly-regulated development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in regard to public health and our environment. However, the facts continue to demonstrate the clear benefits tied to American natural gas.

Indeed, a recent U.S. EPA release demonstrates the inherent public health benefits associated natural gas, especially as it relates to enhancing air quality. Last month, EPA announced that toxic air pollutants across the Mid-Atlantic region were down nearly 14%, due principally to expanded natural gas production and use. Likewise, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has found that the nation’s CO2 emissions are now at a 20-year low – also thanks, in part, to natural gas. And further, as the Associated Press reported last year, “Critics of fracking also repeat claims of extreme air pollution threats, even as evidence mounts that the natural gas boom is in some ways contributing to cleaner air.”

“We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union address, adding: “The natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to encourage that.”

We absolutely agree. And we also understand, as an industry, that this generational opportunity is too important to not get right for our communities and the entire Commonwealth.

Kathryn Klaber, CEO

Marcellus Shale Coalition


Sometimes we are very quick to point out negativity about Wilkes-Barre, but I would like to share this with you. Last month I was in Boscov’s and decided to have lunch in their restaurant downstairs. I had not done so in years.

I sat at the counter and was served by the manager, John. He had been covering for one of his staff who needed some time off. He was courteous and efficient. The meal was delicious and the cost very reasonable.

Yes, there are still treasures in Wilkes-Barre, you just have to look for them.

Fran Spencer



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