MSC Statement on White House Hydraulic Fracturing Executive Order

Canonsburg, PA – Today, President Barack Obama issued an executive order aimed at increasing coordination among federal agencies as it relates to hydraulic fracturing. Kathryn Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued the following statement:

“The responsible development of American natural gas has been, and continues to be, a tremendous source of job creation for our nation. At the same time, and as the President noted in his State of the Union address, clean-burning natural gas is ‘proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.’

“Affordable, abundant supplies of domestic natural gas – which are helping to provide much-needed consumer savings while bringing about a manufacturing renaissance in America – could not be realized without hydraulic fracturing.

“To even further improve environmental performance, states like Pennsylvania continue to raise the bar on regulatory requirements. This proven and aggressively regulated technology is critical to the long-term economic, energy security and environmental health of our nation.

“As the inter-agency’s panel begins its work, we remain eager to provide real-time, on-the-ground insight in an effort to ensure that common sense regulations are in place, which is essential to leveraging the countless benefits of America’s natural gas resources.”

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