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Chesapeake CEO calls gas drilling foes 'extremists' engaged in 'fear-mongering'
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' The chief executive of one of the top U.S. natural gas producers has delivered a blistering rebuke of critics of shale gas drilling, calling them "extremists" engaged in "unfettered fear-mongering."
Speaking at an industry conference in Philadelphia, Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon said Wednesday that gas drilling has been done safely for decades using a process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Environmental activists say that fracking and the drilling boom it's created has led to polluted air, has tainted groundwater and has made people sick.
McClendon accused critics of distorting the facts. He asserted there have been only a few dozen cases of methane migration in Pennsylvania and that residents were merely inconvenienced.
In fact, some residents have been forced to get their water delivered for months or years.