Marcellus Protest Pickets Shale Gas Tubulars Conference
On May 23, 2011, Marcellus Protest picketed the Shale Play Tubulars Conference that took place at the William Penn Omni Hotel in Pittsburgh.
Protestors sought to draw attention to yet another harm that fracking causes: the massive proliferation of pipelines throughout the region. Drilling and pipeline companies would cut down forests, kill wildlife, ruin homes, and create more risk of gas explosions everywhere. Natural gas producers are already facing a gas surplus, and some are "turning off the taps" because they lack the ability to distribute their gas. So they are eager to build quickly.
According to the conference website "Shale Play Tubulars is the premier event for companies working in, and supplying the growing U.S. shale gas sector." "Pipe and tube makers, pipeline firms and natural gas producers from across the globe are positioning themselves to make the most of this abundant natural resource."
Many VIPs from the gas industry were in attendance. Also speaking were Michael Krancer, the incoming Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, and Tim Murphy, Congressman, Pennsylvania's 18th District (R), Vice Chairman of Steel and Natural Gas Caucuses.
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