Drilling must be done right with strong regulations

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Our state is at the heart of a new and expanding natural gas industry. New techniques have opened access to fossil fuels formerly thought inaccessible. This has been great news for the economy and for the oil and gas industry. Unfortunately, it seems to be bad news for everyone else.

As a recent graduate of Duquesne University, I’m rooting for a new economy that will bring jobs and prosperity to the region. But I’m not willing to have those successes take place at the expense of public health and the environment, especially when protecting both is firmly within our grasp.

I stand with the Rev. Mitchell Hescox and his views in “Protecting God’s Creation” (July 13). The natural gas industry, like the coal industry before it, is taking its toll on our air and water. Without strong regulations, our natural resources — and our people — will suffer and the Pittsburgh region will become a less attractive place to live. What is required is good governance protecting communities and the environment while allowing the economy to grow and providing young people who choose to be in Pittsburgh with a bright future.

It’s my hope that Pittsburgh will be my home for a good long while. This is an exciting place to be, right now. We need to get drilling right, now.



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