Head of Sustainable Shale project talks

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew Place once planted 5,500 trees on his 210-acre Greene County farm, adding native hardwoods to expand the habitat of a rare salamander.

Place is also the corporate director of energy and environmental policy at EQT Corp., a Pittsburgh-based energy company that has drilled more than 500 Marcellus Shale gas wells over the last four years. And he’s the interim head of the newly formed Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a partnership between industry, environmentalists, and foundations, the Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/13Fv6iA ) reports Monday.

He’s all too aware some see contradictions.

Place tells the paper that if you dig below the surface of somebody’s title, you’ll find that they’re not as one-dimensional as you might think.

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