Bishops, nuns and rabbis are joining the environmental and social debate over natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region, and many are seeking a balance that reflects their congregations.
“We have people’s lives who are being blessed or adversely affected by this,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton of Pittsburgh, who leads more than 800 United Methodist congregations and 187,000 members in western Pennsylvania, where major drilling is taking place.
“The conversations within the church are rather lively and robust,” Bickerton said, and he thinks gas drilling “warrants some careful looking” by religious groups and public officials.
This is going to be a major battle in my area, and well into Pennsylvania for a very long time. This is just my way of categorizing this information.