Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Demonstrators interrupt drilling industry meeting

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Activists protested natural gas drilling in the state outside a Downtown hotel on Tuesday as industry representatives inside defended their ability to operate without harming the environment.
Three of the protesters interrupted the Marcellus Shale Environmental Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in an attempt to present a "bill of indictment," claiming the growing natural gas exploration and production industry in Pennsylvania is hurting the environment with its drilling operations.
They were booed by some of the 120 people in the audience and escorted out of the meeting room by security officers who refused to permit them to read their document.
"The whole focus is on examining the technology available to treat wastewater so that (drilling companies) end up not sending the wastewater to our streams," said David Levdansky, a former state representative and conference moderator

"Let us all work at being a part of the solution... and not a part of the problem"

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