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DEP Spokeswoman Blasted for Comments About Marcellus Shale-Related Hearing

'It would appear from your comments as DEP spokesperson that you perceive transparency as political theater, which is quite unfortunately for the citizens of the Commonwealth that you are charged to serve,” the Democrat wrote.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:05 a.m. to include response from the DEP.

The chairman of the state’s Democratic Policy committee on Thursday struck back against a state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman who told a newspaper that Secretary Michael Krancer would not participate in a local meeting, likening it to “political theater.”

“I thought on a subject like clean water, where hopefully, the Policy Committee and DEP have a common purpose, that the DEP would welcome the opportunity to let the public and Legislature know what is currently being done to protect Pennsylvanians, Chairman P. Michael Sturla wrote in a letter to DEP spokeswoman Katherine Gresh and dated Thursday that was obtained by Canon-McMillan Patch. “However, it would appear from your comments as DEP spokesperson that you perceive transparency as political theater, which is quite unfortunately for the citizens of the Commonwealth that you are charged to serve.”

Gresh’s comments were sparked by a press release issued by state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, on Thursday in which he criticized Krancer’s decision not to attend a policy committee hearing that involves environmental testing near Marcellus Shale drilling sites.

The hearing will be held in Washington on Tuesday.

Emailed for comment, Gresh declined.

In his letter, Sturla also noted that Krancer had twice before attended hearings—and that both times the subject involved Marcellus Shale.

Roger February 20, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Margaret, still waiting for your answer. Thanks.
Roger February 20, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Margaret, why the tense of your statement. Thanks.
Margaret Motheral February 20, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Sorry, just saw, you were asking questions. "Tense" I refer to future destruction of eco system and illness of both current and future fracking. Pennsylvania is known from rampant cronyism, especially in Philadelphia. That is why I questions the similarity of both names and associations with environmental agencies.
Roger February 20, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Margaret, your future tense would have been applicable in 2009, but not in 2013. http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2013/02/marcellus-production-rises-again-see.html? Thank you for confirming that the references between the two people had nothing to do with anything.
Joseph Massaro February 21, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Are you really comparing the process of hydraulic fracturing to genocide? We are investing in renewable resources but this shift cannot occur without the use of fossil fuels. http://climatedesk.org/2013/01/charts-renewables-in-bed-with-natural-gas/

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