Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chesapeake Energy Sets Sights On New York State: Hires Lobbyist From The Nature Conservancy

There is a new employee at Chesapeake Energy. Paul Hartman started work for Chesapeake Energy last week. Title: Director of State Government Relations for New York. He has previously held a similar position with the Nature Conservancy. According to Cheaspeake's announcement,
Hartman will lead the company's efforts to work with elected officials and other interested groups in explaining the benefits of natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale. He will work collaboratively with government leaders to ensure development of the Marcellus Shale benefits New York both economically and environmentally.
Lobbyist Hartman believes that natural gas can provide a cleaner energy solution for New Yorkers. Tom Price, Senior Vice President of the American Heart Association, where Hartman once worked, said
He will play a crucial role helping others understand that drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is an environmentally sound practice...
"Benefits of natural gas production, economic and environmental benefits for New York, clean energy, responsible drilling, environmentally sound practice?" My head is already spinning. Haven't we heard these nice sounding phrases before? I hope New Yorkers, especially those in Albany, will beware. Listen to people who have already been through hell with gas drilling- like Texans and the citizens of Dimock, PA.

Read the article "From Nature to Gas Drilling," from timesunion.com.

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