Didn't get your invitation? That's probably because you're a wingnut or a friend of the whatever.
"...the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia touted its 4-week-old "Just Beneath the Surface" campaign and website.
President Mike McCown said it's designed to provide factual information to anti-drilling groups he referred to as "wing nut organizations ... friends of the whatever" -- groups that he argues should be supporting one of the state's most promising economic engines."
Is there a typo in that guy's name? Was it supposed to say Mike McClown? Hey, Mike, where did you get your PR training? Was it from the Clown College at Charles Ryan Associates? That would explain it.
McClown is so bad, he makes former PATH huckster Corky DeMarco sound reasonable. Well, if you close your eyes so you don't have to wonder when his shirt is going to finish creeping up and consume his entire head.
For generations, DeMarco said, the gas industry shunned publicity.
"Now, we have an instance where the public is aware of what we're doing," he said.
Opposition is driven by "the fear of the unknown," he said, "and we weren't doing a very daggone good job of letting them know what we were doing."
Road damage, heavy truck traffic and other facets of the drilling industry have disrupted the quality of life for many rural residents, DeMarco acknowledged, "and now everybody's looking at us."
"If you live on a rural West Virginia road and you've now got potholes as deep as this tabletop, life is not so good for you," he said. "This industry has a bright future ... but we've got to get the thing done right."
Wow! Looks like the Clown College needs to use a little more elbow grease to polish that turd! What this campaign needs is a little bit of research by our pal Pinky, who was recently promoted to Vice-President (in charge of failed ad campaigns?) for all his work on PATH's failed public relations campaign.
Other opportunists lining up at the exploitation trough included our friends from First Energy. Apparently the whippin' they took from the citizens of West Virginia during their failed PATH project made them hungry for more. I guess they like it rough...
While the Charlie Foxtrot was going on the City of Morgantown passed an ordinance prohibiting horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing within a mile outside city limits. That's okay, Jackson Kelly is already contemplating suing the City on behalf of the industry.
Isn't it nice to know that all these PATH leeches didn't miss a beat and have quickly moved on to a new crop of citizen victims? It's all about the money, boys! However, Jackson Kelly and Pinky had best step lively and cash in before all the investors find out that Marcellus shale is just a gigantic Ponzi scheme based on hype.