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Article published September 19, 2012
Corbett says drilling opponents are ‘unreasoning’
PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Corbett is attacking anti-drilling activists as the “unreasoning opposition” who accept that the nation can land a space vehicle on Mars but don’t believe energy companies can safely harvest gas a mile under the earth’s surface. Corbett spoke this morning at a Marcellus Shale industry conference here. He says Pennsylvania is reaping an economic bounty from natural gas despite “predictions of disaster and the fearful warnings from people with no understanding of the industry.” Activists opposed to the extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing plan their own slate of events outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Protesters portray shale-gas drilling as bad for the environment and public health.