Corbett hails promise of Marcellus Shale

Gov. Corbett's call to cut higher-ed funding has hit Temple University particularly hard.
Gov. Corbett's call to cut higher-ed funding has hit Temple University particularly hard. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: September 20, 2012

The Shale Gas Insight conference began Thursday morning in Philadelphia with Gov. Corbett lauding the natural gas industry for spurring economic growth by developing Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale.

"I am convinced that we are at the beginning of a new industrial revolution and you are at the tip of the spear," said Corbett, an unabashed supporter of the gas industry.

About 2,000 people are registered to attend the three-day conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, sponsored by The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the industry trade group. It began Wednesday with a series of technical sessions and opened to a general audience Thursday with Corbett's address.

Anti-drilling advocates concerned about environmental and social effects of natural-gas development are planning a protest - "Shale Gas Outrage" - outside the convention center Thursday.

Corbett and other speakers singled out the demonstrators as naysayers.

"We are advancing even in the face of unreasoning opposition," said Corbett. "Our opponents agree that we can land a rover on Mars, but they can't bring themselves to think we can safely drill a mile into our own soil."

The conference ends Friday.


Contact Andrew Maykuth at 215-854-2947, @Maykuth on Twitter or amaykuth@phillynews.com.

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