WASHINGTON, October 4, 2011 – Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania Associate Director Joe Leighton said Governor Corbett's Marcellus Shale agenda is a positive step for the state's economic future:
"The governor's plan makes Pennsylvania a competitive place for responsible development.
"We look forward to working with the governor and the general assembly as they develop the entire regulatory program, which has already been strengthened through recent enhancements to the state's drilling standards.
"API is hosting a hydraulic fracturing workshop in Pittsburgh today and tomorrow to discuss improvements in state regulations and industry initiatives to enhance safety, including the development of comprehensive new guidelines on safe use of hydraulic fracturing."
API represents more than 480 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.