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