I was not at all surprised by the Susquehanna River being named the most endangered river in the country. Unfortunately, it deserves that designation. Nor was I surprised by the response from the SRBC and these statements from the Marcellus Shale Coalition's president in today's Citizens Voice:
In a statement, Marcellus Shale Coalition president Kathryn Klaber said, "Despite the fact that the livelihoods of nearly 25,000 Gulf Coast residents are now hanging in the balance as the Mississippi River continues to swell at unthinkable rates, this organization - which ironically claims to stand 'up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive' - is seeking nothing more than to undercut the responsible development of clean burning, job-creating natural gas."
Klaber continued, "Our work can and must be balanced with the protection of our environment, especially our water resources. It's very sad and predictable, however, that some organizations will stop at nothing, disregarding facts and science at every turn, to thwart American energy production."
Klassic Klaber - I would expect nothing less.
What did surprise me was the speed at which the SRBC and MSC had responses ready to go. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was definitely a leak at some point in time. But, with so much money to be made by the energy industry that could definitely buy a reporter or two, I guess that should have been anticipated.
The cloud of dust ain't even been kicked-up on the Susquehanna's designation, and Kathryn's Klaws aren't fully extended just yet, so let's just sit back and watch the show.
A nod of the cap to the Sentinel for his part in making this designation happen.