PITTSBURGH (AP) — Teresa Heinz Kerry says family members weren't fully aware of a controversial decision by the Heinz Endowments to partner with major energy companies on natural gas drilling standards, even though the organization approved two pilot grants for the project last year.
Heinz Kerry tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1bvdEyS ) that she was never involved with the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.
The CSSD is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that Heinz funded and helped launch last March. Heinz Kerry traced the CSSD origins to conversations she had with Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil, about finding a transparent way to develop the resources of the Marcellus Shale, according to the Post-Gazette.
Heinz Kerry says she supported collaborating with environmental and public health groups on gas drilling issues.
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