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A Declaration of Self-Reliance

Turning A Regional Boom Into A National Policy

Good morning. It is an honor to be speaking to an audience such as this-people dedicated to a future of much promise for Pennsylvania and for the United States of America. And it is pleasure to be speaking in this city-a venue steeped in a past that continues to provide much promise for our country.

I will stop well short of putting us at the level of the originators of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. But I tell you that this historical city is an appropriate site for the subject of this conference. Shale gas will have a place in history and in many ways already does.

The Marcellus Shale could be among the largest known reserves of natural gas in the world. Some predict that it will prove to be the largest.

Located a mile or more underground, the Marcellus shale covers about two-thirds of Pennsylvania and extends into neighboring states. That doesn't include other shale layers above and below the Marcellus.

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