MSC in the Times-Leader: Gas industry provides positive progress for Pa.

It was terribly disappointing to read the editorial “Gas firms harmed by blowing hot air” (July 27) in which the newspaper lodged attacks on an industry that’s fueling Pennsylvania’s economic and energy future. While we respect and welcome a healthy public dialogue, this editorial – repeatedly referring to Pennsylvanians who work in our industry and support our communities as “cronies” – marginalizes and erodes these efforts.

A recent economic analysis found that in 2010 Pennsylvanians saved $633 million in utility bills because of expanded supplies of natural gas produced in the commonwealth.

Further, the natural gas industry is paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. In fact, according to the state Department of Revenue, the natural gas industry paid more than $238 million in taxes during the first three months of 2011. And from 2006, we’ve generated more than $1.1 billion dollars in state tax revenues.

More stable and affordable supplies of clean-burning American energy for struggling consumers and small businesses. Thousands of jobs at a time when they’re most needed. Heightened energy security. You can call this positive progress a lot of things – “lowdown deeds,” however, is not one of them.

Kathryn Klaber
President, Marcellus Shale Coalition
Canonsburg, Pa.

NOTE: Click HERE to view this letter-to-the-editor online.