On October 1st there is going to be a conference for industry reps and pro-drilling concerns at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
There is now a growing movement to organize a protest rally and march for those communities, organizations and individuals who are opposed to this drilling process. For more information, please visit their site: http://www.marcellusprotest.org/
After attending the County Council meeting on Wednesday and listening to the industry representatives state repeatedly how safe this drilling process was, I find it slightly ironic that there is an accident at another local drilling site less than 48 hours afterward.
I do not mean to make light of the situation as two people lost their lives in the explosion.
The point is that this is a dangerous industrial process that has many short-term and long-term impacts to the communities and areas in which shale drilling is occurring and planned to take place.
What risks acceptable in this rush for gas in this state?
Update: As further information came to light about this incident, it was found that this site was not performing deep drilling in the Marcellus shale. It is however another example of the risks in any industrial operation, no matter how long the process has been in place.
I would have wished some of the citizens and environmental groups had done a more vocal presentation during the initial Q&A period. However the public comments were long, detailed and very impassioned about their views and we wanted to thank everyone who came out and spoke.
Also, the meeting was only recessed, not adjourned, so we will have more opportunities to make our voices heard on this very important issue. We will let you know when that is as more information becomes available.