Remember how former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell forgot to mention in an op-ed last week that he has ties to the fracking industry? Well, it turns out he has another one via the law firm Ballard Spahr of Philadelphia where he is now special counsel and was a partner before being elected governor.
ProPublica's Justin Elliott explains, "Rendell is currently special counsel at the firm, and is a member of its energy and project finance and environment and natural resources practice areas, his spokeswoman said. The firm touts its work 'on the forefront' of the development of the Marcellus Shale, the formation under Pennsylvania and other states from which a vast quantity of natural gas is now being extracted."
Though Rendell's spokesperson could not comment on what he does for the firm's clients, an attorney with Ballard Spahr has "advocated for an oil and gas company at both the state and federal levels during regulatory and policy debates on impact of shale gas exploration on ground water supplies."
Read the full story here - http://www.propublica.org/article/another-layer-to-rendells-fracking-connections - and see Elliott's original report on Rendell and fracking. We hope you'll share it with your readers.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
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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.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.