Natural-gas companies turn to Ridge to fuel drilling efforts

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From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Having already hired three former aides to Gov. Rendell, companies wanting to tap Pennsylvania’s vast natural-gas reserves have set their sights on one of the state’s best-known political figures: Tom Ridge.

The companies are looking to the former governor to help fix their tattered public image even as they try to influence lawmakers in Harrisburg on key public policy.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which represents more than two dozen natural-gas companies, is negotiating with Ridge’s new lobbying firm, the Ridge Policy Group, to help in its plans for an aggressive public outreach campaign, coalition officials confirmed to The Inquirer last week.

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