Gov. Ridge Urges President Obama to Highlight Clear Benefits of American Natural Gas in Upcoming Visit to the Commonwealth

Extends Open Invitation for the President to Visit a Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Production Site

Canonsburg, PA – Tomorrow, President Obama is scheduled to visit “a Bucks County wind-turbine plant,” as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a speech last week, the president said this about American natural gas production from shale formations, such as the Marcellus Shale – the world’s second largest natural gas field: “Recent innovations have given us the opportunity to tap large reserves – perhaps a century’s worth – in the shale under our feet. The potential here is enormous.”

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, a strategic advisor to the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued this statement in anticipation of the president’s upcoming energy-focused event in Pennsylvania:

“We are very pleased that President Obama will be in the Keystone State tomorrow to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing every family and small business owner across the nation: energy security. In a speech last week, the president underscored the ‘enormous’ potential of clean-burning American natural gas. We remain hopeful that the president will use this opportunity to reiterate the fact that the responsible development of America’s abundant, job-creating shale gas reserves must be central to our nation’s long-term energy security goals.”

Recognizing the fact the President Obama has visited a host of windmill and solar panel facilities, Gov. Ridge extended an open invitation to the president to visit a Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale natural gas production site:

“American natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale is not only safely delivering affordable and reliable homegrown energy resources for the nation, but it’s also helping to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the region at a time when they’re most needed. On behalf of the coalition, we welcome the president back to Pennsylvania, any time, to visit a Marcellus production site and see firsthand the incredible work being done each day in the Commonwealth that’s helping America realize our strategic energy, economic, national security and environmental objectives.”

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