For those of you who pay attention know that I have invited all local officials and candidates for office to give us a statement about gas drilling. The latest is from Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta.
"There is no question the Marcellus Shale has the potential to be a catalyst for our region's economic recovery and to be a major part of solving our nation's energy dependence problem.
"This opportunity does not come without its fair share of questions and concerns. It should be the goal of all affected parties to tone down the rhetoric and increase the sharing of information.
"The government and energy companies need to put all the cards on the table and proceed with full transparency. Residents and landowners should continue to express their concerns.
"Our region and our nation have been blessed with an abundance of natural resources. We should not turn our back on these blessings. We need to harness these gifts while continuing to be stewards of our land.
"If we can do this, if we can have the transparency and rational dialogue, we can move forward in a way that benefits the community, the nation and the world."
I have also asked Congressman Paul Kanjorski's office for a statement.
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