Gas drilling companies work on community relations
Published: Friday, December 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012 13:12
PITTSBURGH (AP)-- Some gas drilling companies that spent years fighting, threatening and suing reluctant communities took a new tack in 2012: collaboration.
Drillers in Pennsylvania have hired local people to act as liaisons and ramped up communication efforts.
Some municipal officials are now giving drillers credit for improving communication and responding quickly when problems arise.
For example, XTO Energy —an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary —set up a community advisory board in Butler County.
That kind of effort was mostly missing in the early years of shale-gas development in Pennsylvania.