“I think the public needs to know when they hear information from the Sierra Club, or the American Lung Association, this is the natural gas industry talking.”
The State-Journal (WV) reports:
At a meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association Friday morning, Kentucky and Ohio industry officials called for answers as to why a natural gas company has been funneling money to groups who are fighting the coal industry on environmental and health grounds.
Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, spent the last few minutes of his presentation to West Virginia coal miners and industry executives discussing his disgust with Chesapeake Energy for their funding of anti-coal campaigns.
Bissett pointed out that the American Lung Association has come out against the coal and oil industries, but has left the natural gas industry alone. The American Lung Association has received some funding for its Clean Air Initiative from Chesapeake. Scott Rotruck, Chesapeake’s vice president of corporate development and state government relations, serves on the American Lung Association board.
After the presentation, Bissett also pointed to $26 million the Sierra Club received from the natural gas industry. Bissett said Chesapeake’s action was incredibly inappropriate…