Monday, August 01, 2011

Someone's unhappy

Not surprising, but someone is unhappy with Pittsburgh City Council's vote to let there be a public referendum on gas drilling within the city.  See the PR from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Petroleum Institute : (it is from some thing called the Associated Petroleum Industries???  not API as is commonly known in energy world... strange... see further update)  Pittsburgh City Council Must Focus on Job Creation.

(update:  Ok.  after having first gotten an email that the API as in "Associated Petroleum Industries" was not really the same as API as in "American Petroleum Institute", I have a call direct from the source that in fact the local "Associated Petroleum Industries" indeed just a chapter of the national "American Petroleum Institute.  So I actually had it correct as originally written, but apologies for not understanding the dueling identical acroynyms that refer to different words, but really wind up meaning the same.  So basically this means that the press release in question is coming from a local chapter of the folks who have been sponsoring reports you hear the most about with regard to Marcellus Shale impacts.  I guess I should have asked him for the implied data on the city of Pittsburgh, but it was a strange conversation).

You would think such a press release would want to include some data (any data at all???) on how job creation in the city of Pittsburgh is doing?  or maybe how the Pittsburgh region's economy is doing in comparison to the rest of the nation to emphasize their point?   It's just that reading the PR you would think there is some clear data on how the Pittsburgh economy is failing compared to elsewhere just because there is a public debate over gas drilling. 


Maybe the political opposition to shale gas development is why all those young people are moving into the city. (I'm joking....  sort of).

Seriously there is an interesting story in the very existance of that press release.  When did the Pennsylvania chapter of the API decide to jump into the public media game over Marcellus Shale?  There isn't some soap opera food fight between them and the Marcellus Shale Coalition is there?  Strange that they would pop up in the MSC's space like that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the API website, it appears that the new rallying cry is "anything but renewables". Like France and England becoming allies.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I think this is the only post mentioning Marcellus Shale without a comment by Wiz? Hope he is ok.

Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:22:00 PM  

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