Clash of the (Marcellus) Titans: MSC vs CSSD

Clash of the Titans Yesterday saw the launch of The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a new organization that aims to be the source that certifies drillers and other industry participants in the Marcellus Shale (see our companion story from today—very important to read it). Early in the press conference announcing the CSSD, the master of ceremonies and CSSD board member Robert “Bobby” Vagt (president of the Heniz Endowments) made a curious statement. He said the CSSD is “not simply about best practices” or “the how,” but is instead about “performance standards.” That statement immediately struck MDN as a swipe at the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Has the gauntlet been thrown down?…

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