PA Religious Group to Lecture Industry on Ethical Drilling

This should be interesting. On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA-IPL) religious organization will tell the drilling industry how they should do their business. Apparently there is something called “ethical drilling” that the good people of the PA-IPL will reveal. Notice, as MDN has repeatedly pointed out, that ideology (or philosophy, or in this case, faith) is the reason anti-drillers—and make no mistake, this group is anti-drilling—oppose shale gas drilling. They view it as a threat to the renewable energy nirvana they want to impose on everyone else. In the case of this organization, they attempt to transform the drilling argument into a moral one, meaning if you disagree with their viewpoint, you’re immoral. Nice try.

This is their three paragraph press release in its entirety:

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA-IPL) will hold a press conference on Sunday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. on the patio of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center at Penn State University in State College to outline principles for ethical drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation, and to present an award to former State Representative and Senator Franklin Kury, author of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

PA IPL is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy. PA-IPL is the state affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light, a national religious response to the threat of climate change.

Immediately after the press conference, PA-IPL will hold its annual meeting in Foster Auditorium, University Libraries at Penn State. The meeting, “The Human Face of Climate Change: Food, Faith and other necessities of life,” is free and open to the public. More information is available online at*

What do you want to bet “ethical drilling” for the PA-IPL equals “no drilling”?

*Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Press Release (Sep 15, 2011) – Religious Leaders to Outline Principles for Ethical Marcellus Shale Drilling

  • However, it is perfectly acceptable for right-wing ideologues to push climate change denial.

  • No, it’s perfectly fine for thinking people to disagree, especially on something with profound consequences as this issue has.

  • Anonymous

    Why do all the Anti’s think that the Pro’s are irresponsible bumbling idiots, that we do not care about our environment or our neighbors. I am pro drilling, and I believe that everyone else that is pro-drilling wants it done in a safe manner under strict supervision, with as little impact on the environment as possible.Our country is in a tailspin downward, loss of jobs, loss of homes and farms, etc. What is so difficult to grasp here? New York will have the strictest regulations in place to protect against irresponsible drilling practices. I believe that both sides of the isle on drilling have been addressed with painstaking care to protect our environment and to let our resources be tapped without breaking the bank.