Report faults Heinz Endowments head for gas ties

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The head of an influential Pittsburgh-based charity is being criticized for his ties to the oil and gas industry, but some experts say the allegations are misguided.

The report from the Buffalo, N.Y.-based nonprofit the Public Accountability Initiative claims that Heinz Endowments President Robert Vagt (vaht) hasn’t fully disclosed his ties to the industry.

National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger says he doesn’t think it’s a fair criticism. Schweiger says Vagt and the Endowments have a long history of fighting for clean air and water and working with the industry is one way to solve the many problems with gas drilling.

Vagt’s oil and gas industry ties are listed on his Heinz Endowments biography and on industry websites.

Vagt and the Heinz Endowments have declined to comment.

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