I can't speak for anyone other than myself. I've sat on many panels open to public questions:
Also have testified under oath at hearings where environmentalists had an open forum to ask whatever they like. We even provided the chemical engineers who hold the patents on the fracing chemicals for one of the largest fracing companies in the world to testify, under oath, about their chemicals...in a room full of 100+ anti-drilling advocates.
We've drilled wells in the front yard of my house, the president of our company, his parents, and our VP of Operations.
We're a local company. We practice what we preach and we're not hiding from anyone. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you are sincerely interested in honest, respectful, public discourse.
There are MANY documented cases of people on the anti-drilling side of the argument who have treated pro-drilling folks in a very poor fashion. Harassing them at town hall meetings, barring them from their own events, or making up fake names on the internet and belittling them, as our esteemed state rep/anti-drilling activist from the 46th district so publicly displayed. I've seen sweet old grandmothers reduced to tears by the jeers of chanting anti-drillers. So please, save the tears.
For example, here's Vera Scroggins, one the most outspoken anti-drillers, looking for an "honest discussion" with a member of the media (documentarian) who has been critical and questioning of the accuracy of anti-drilling rhetoric. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qv2IUc756A
I see a quite a few names here in the comment section that have no business crying that the media is not covering issues sympathetic to their cause. They must not be reading the same things I read. Doug Shields is the media's go-to anti-drilling politician in Western PA. The gas industry can't drop a wrench without it being reported in every newspaper from here to Kazakhstan. They love the "little guy vs. big bad gas company" narrative. It's compelling. It's interesting. It sells.
But it has VERY little to do with honest debate. The protestors that carry signs that say "Fracking is going to ruin all water and kill all living things" have no interest in an honest discussion. They are in it to win it. They want drilling banned, and anyone or anything that stands between them is the enemy. Even those who used to be allies. Enviro orgs that worked with gas companies (*gasp*) to come up with a better set of practices were immediately vilified. PennFuture tries to pass off pictures of a flooded drilling rig in PAKISTAN as Pennsylvania (they claim it was an accident, but if they can mistake the rocky mountains of Pakistan for the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, that kind of makes you wonder how much they get out of the city in the first place). The EPA was greeted as heroes when they came to Dimock...right up until the moment they released their findings saying the water was ok... then they were part of a gas company conspiracy. Its getting old. If gas drilling is so horrible, there should be plenty of evidence to make your case. Drop the hyperbole.
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