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Governor Whitman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)

by CSSD Press Release on 05-07-2013

Governor Whitman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), which has established 15 initial performance standards designed to ensure safe and environmentally responsible development of the Appalachian Basin’s abundant shale gas resources. These standards will form the foundation of the CSSD’s independent, third-party certification process.

“CSSD is the result of an unprecedented effort that brought together a group of stakeholders with diverse perspectives, working to create responsible performance standards and a rigorous, third-party evaluation process for shale gas operations,” said Robert Vagt, president of The Heinz Endowments. “This process has demonstrated for us that industry and environmental organizations, working together, can identify shared values and find common ground on standards that are environmentally protective.”

CSSD’s founding participants are:

• Chevron

• Clean Air Task Force

• CONSOL Energy

• Environmental Defense Fund

• EQT Corporation

• Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)

• Heinz Endowments

• Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture)

• Pennsylvania Environmental Council

• Shell

• William Penn Foundation

Through discussions over the past two years, CSSD participants established a shared vision of performance and environmental risk minimization for natural gas development in the Appalachian region. The group’s participants have worked to adopt a set of progressive and rigorous performance standards based on today’s understanding of the risks associated with natural gas development and the technological capacity to minimize those risks. Companies can begin seeking certification in these areas later this year. CSSD also plans to develop programs to share best practices.


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