Selling the Public on Gas Drilling

Major Advertising Campaigns

American Clean Skies Foundation

  • “Is the debate over the merits of shale gas being bought?: “… (the subject of full page ads in national publications such as Newsweek)  is a project of the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a non-profit founded in 2007 with a mission “to advance America’s energy independence and a cleaner, low-carbon environment through expanded use of natural gas, renewables and efficiency.” To learn more about and other ACSF projects, I contacted the organization’s DC office. Communications director Jack Deutsch said he’d like to speak off the record and later sent an email referring me to the organization website. So I took another look.ACSF board chair is Aubrey K. McClendon, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy, according to the company web site, the second largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. that “owns leading positions in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus and Bossier natural gas shale.” His fellow ACSF board members, including Chesapeake Energy senior VP and lobbyist Tom Price, all have longstanding interests in the natural gas and energy business…American Clean Skies Foundation spending for 2008: approximately $23.8 million. The EPA’s hydraulic fracturing research study budget for 2010: $1.9 million…” ” (Earth Island Institute)-

  • “It’s Not a Drilling Rig. It’s a Factory”-  American Clean Skies Foundation (Industry operation) Ad in Sept. 20, 2010 New Yorker.
  • Marcellus Gas Summit, 2009 PPT on Managing Stateholder and Community Resistance to the Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction Project. Steve Shapiro. 




National Fuel has made it plain for everyone to see in this article, that not only do they have the land to monopolize this area, but can also get away with it due to the fact that they don’t have landowners complaining about roads conditions etc.   They also have explained how they want to pipeline to Canada which is one admitted direct contradiction when gas companies keep saying “WE” need this gas.  I am outraged by this article and the tone behind it and want as many people as possible to AGAIN see that these people have absolutely no care or concern about the people, just the $.  It’s there to be known in black and white that their power far exceeds ours.  I have not come to a point in my life and work as hard as I have to “own” what I own to have anybody dictate to me what will be done to affect my environment and my family, without putting up a strong fight.  They may have the $, but AS THE PEOPLE we have the number’s!

Acceptable Risk vs Precautionary Principle

  • Good people, please watch this excellent video:

As you know, there is a choice between
“acceptable risk” vs “the precautionary principle”
as for guiding our action regarding gas drilling.

Acceptable Risk says, yes some water must be taken from the rivers,
and yes, some pollution is inevitable. And then we set up regulatory
bodies to decide just how much extraction/pollution is permissible.

The Precautionary Principle says if there is a small chance of great harm being done,
then great caution and restraint must be taken before the action is done.

The fact that ONE person’s well is contaminated (and the water of 10M people is
at stake)… then means that this activity should CEASE until it can be PROVEN to be safe.

This video is about global warming, but it illustrates the Precautionary Principle perfectly.

Everyone involved in this gas drilling issue on any side should understand this.

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