Departing DEP Chief Calls For Marcellus Shale Drilling Tax
“If we don’t use natural gas, at least for the next ten years, we’re going to use much more coal and much more oil. I say that as somebody who has pushed aggressively for the renewables and energy efficiency and we’ve made real progress there, but coal and oil are just much more dirty than natural gas. Coal puts soot into the air, coal puts mercury into the air. It’s very damaging to the environment and it’s also, unfortunately, quite unsafe for miners.”
Hanger says government programs have subsidized all kinds of energy development, from coal, oil and nuclear to wind and solar, and natural gas is part of the big picture, but drilling should be strictly regulated.