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Marcellus Shale group launches new website to answer questions from Pennsylvania residents

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is rolling out a new website to answer questions about natural gas development from southeast Pennsylvania residents. Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy, which operates in the Marcellus Shale, welcomes the new source of information for the public.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: September 22, 2012

“While so many appear to be stuck in making a public scene and twisting the facts to fill an agenda, we're working hard to be transparent in our operations and answer the questions about our work with the facts and science behind our industry,” Spigelmyer said, alluding to the protesters blocking the entrance to the Pennsylvania Conference Center on Friday. “It's the kind of responsible dialogue that this region, and all of the consumers in the region, expect and deserve.”

The questions — such as “How safe is fracking?” and “How much water is recycled?” — were gathered throughout the Philadelphia area during a series of listening sessions and civic events.

“By simply listening to all residents, consumers, families, small businesses and influencers alike, we were able to more clearly understand the unique perspectives of this region,” Spigelmyer said.

Coalition treasurer Scott Roy, who is vice president of government and regulatory affairs at Range Resources, said he hopes the effort looks and sounds different from what other industries have done.

“There are concerns associated with our industry. All of those concerns are legitimate, meaning they all need to be addressed,” he said. “That's what we've attempted to put together here.”