From the Associated Press:
The president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments is taking a position as chairman of a gas drilling company.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Tuesday that Robert Vagt will become chairman of Rice Energy, Inc., which is based in Canonsburg. Vagt's last day at the Endowments is Jan. 24. He has led the charity, which is not a part of the global food company, since 2008.
Vagt played a key role in the formation last year of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a coalition of foundations, environmental groups and natural gas drillers. But other leading environmental groups criticized the effort.
Endowments spokeswoman Carmen Lee says a search is underway for a new president but there's no timetable.
Teresa Heinz Kerry is the head of the Heinz Endowments.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.