OH Sen. Portman Tours Rice Energy Well in Belmont, Voices Support

Last Thursday Rice Energy President Toby Rice gave Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman a tour of the “Son Uva Digger” well pad in Belmont County, OH. Cool name. Although no doubt Portman thought of the trip as a photo-op, from his comments following the visit, it sounds like Portman actually learned something. Portman now “gets it” with respect to rapid changes in technology that have vastly reduced the footprint of drilling operations–better for the environment, less hassle for residents who live nearby. He also gets just how much money shale drilling is pumping into the local, state and national economy. Sounds like the Rice brothers have made a convert of Sen. Portman–so three cheers for them! This is how we win the battle–one person at a time. And if that person happens to be a U.S. Senator, all the better. Here’s how it went last week when Rob went to Belmont…

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