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RDA Asks Penn State President To Come Clean

Dr. Graham Spanier
President, Pennsylvania State University
0201 Old Main
University Park, PA

June 4, 2010

Dear President Spanier,

The Responsible Drilling Alliance calls on Pennsylvania State University to publicly 
disavow the two papers funded by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, An Emerging Giant
published last July and its newer version The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania
Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update published May 25, 2010.

On two separate occasions, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center counseled law
makers to disregard the conclusions of these two “Penn State studies” because of their
funding and bias. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry produced a
parallel study on employment, Marcellus Shale Industry Overview, which estimated only
a small fraction of the touted jobs. Neither Pennsylvania College of Technologyʼs
Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment nor Penn State Cooperative Extensionʼs
Potential Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania supports the
exaggerated claims of these two industry funded papers.

It is completely inappropriate, Dr. Spanier, that Pennsylvaniaʼs flagship university would
allow its reputation to be used to support the gas industryʼs positions by dressing them
up as independent research.  These completely biased works greatly exaggerate the
economic potential of gas exploration and are distorting the legislative process.

The “Penn State Reports” are being used to dissuade the legislature and the governor
from enacting a severance tax and to argue against regulations which would protect the
health of Pennsylvaniaʼs citizens and its environment.  Penn Stateʼs compliance with
this deception is costing the citizens of Pennsylvania dearly.

It is difficult to understand why Penn Stateʼs name and shield would be on the cover of a
document that carries this disclaimer: “Neither the Department of Energy and Mineral
Engineering at Penn State nor the Marcellus Shale Coalition, nor any person acting on
behalf thereof, makes any warranty or representation, express or implied, with respect
to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information contained in the report.”

Nevertheless, the Marcellus Shale Coalition used Penn State in this press release dated
May 25th: “Visitors to the new website can also access the updated Penn State report
detailing the enormous economic impact that responsible shale gas exploration is
having on Pennsylvania.”

This is dirty business, Dr. Spanier, and it is time for Pennsylvania State University to
cleanse itself.

Drake Saxton
President of the Board

Responsible Drilling Alliance
P.O Box 502
Williamsport, PA

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