Recently Sen. John Yudichak welcomed the Marcellus Shale Coalition to Wilkes-Barre for the launch of the United Shale Advocates, or USA for short. The coalition calls this a grassroots initiative focused on "ensuring the advancement of common sense and predictable policies that encourage investment and job growth across the Commonwealth."
Can a corporate-funded group really be called grassroots?
The first act of USA is to pit their members against natural gas leasers.
Citizens who have leased land for drilling often find that drilling companies use loopholes to reduce royalty payments. HB1684 seeks to remedy this problem. USA , on its Facebook page and website, implores followers to contact your representative and let them know you oppose HB1684 and any effort by the Commonwealth to intervene in private contracts.
It's no surprise that the Marcellus Shale Coalition is funding a fake "gas-roots" group to do their bidding. As the sad truths about shale gas drilling become more apparent, the industry counters by putting a bunch of indoctrinated puppets onto a bus to Harrisburg. But what does surprise me is that Senator Yudichak allows himself to be the political face of this deceitful initiative.
SCOTT CANNON, Plymouth, Luzerne Co.
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