The theatrical in fracking

From a June 14, 2011 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Raucous crowd meets on shale debate

It was an auditorium divided: In the span of 10 minutes, the panel members were called drug cartels by one speaker and patriotic heroes by another.


A soldier’s mother choked up when she talked of her son working toward energy independence in Iraq, while another called shale gas “the new asbestos.” A West Virginia woman showed the respirator she makes her children wear because of bad air, while another speaker praised an industry that’s supported college scholarships. Recent college graduates extolled a business that gave them jobs in the middle of a recession, while one protestor behind the microphone mockingly waved a wad of cash above his head.

If that’s not theatrical – I’d sure like to know what is.


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