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Gas industry obfuscates the truth

| Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Gas industry spokesman Joseph Massaro showed us again the extent to which the gas industry is willing to obfuscate the truth (letter, “Drilling is not ungodly,” May 30). He likened Marcellus gas drilling to a benign industry sent to us for the nation's betterment. Yet the Pennsylvania Supreme Court defined it as an industrial process that will have a lasting and denigrating environmental effect.

Mr. Massaro touted job creation. However, independent studies show those job figures are exaggerated and designed to promote the industry's demand for minimal taxation and regulation.

Also, recent reports show the industry favors foreign steel for its pipelines, not domestic. This boom-and-bust industry creates nothing permanent and leaves behind a polluted disarray for taxpayers to clean up.

It seems Massaro is unable to distinguish between the wise use of our natural resources and the industry's contemptible exploitation. As the Supreme Court stated, this exploitation “will produce a detrimental effect on the environment, on the people, their children, and future generations.”

Creation is a gift from God, says Pope Frances, to be treated “with respect and gratitude.” He warns, however, “If we destroy creation, it will destroy us.”

Massaro should rethink his values and pray it's not too late to be saved from such greed and degradation, for truly his industry is “in contempt of the Creator.”

Ron Slabe

Upper Burrell

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