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January 25, 2011 
Contact: Oliver Bernstein, 512.477.2152, Oliver.Bernstein@sierraclub.org

Sierra Club Welcomes First Natural Gas Reform Campaign Director

Veteran Pennsylvania organizer Deborah Nardone to spearhead efforts to hold natural gas industry to higher standards 

State College, PA -- The Sierra Club is pleased to introduce Deborah "Deb" Nardone as the organization's first national Natural Gas Reform Campaign Director. Nardone will direct a national campaign aimed at getting the natural gas industry to fully protect our water, air, wildlife, open spaces, and communities.

"Deb has been a leader in protecting watersheds throughout Pennsylvania from unsound development," said Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club's Director of Conservation. "We look forward to her bringing her wealth of experience and successful campaigns to this huge challenge on the national stage."

Nardone comes to the Sierra Club from the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited where she served as a Coldwater Resource Specialist developing conservation plans to protect the headwaters of streams from inappropriate development that would destroy water quality and trout habitat. This work included creating the campaign for Trout Unlimited to address oil and gas development in Pennsylvania. Nardone has also worked on watershed protection for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area.

"I grew up amidst the hard-rock coal mountains of Pennsylvania, so I am familiar with the energy legacy of orange streams and dead rivers," says Nardone. "It is unfair to burden future generations with more land and water destruction. I am honored to join the Sierra Club to organize and advocate for natural gas reform and promote a clean energy future based on energy efficiency and renewable energy."

Based in State College, Pennsylvania, Nardone will oversee the Sierra Club's aggressive campaign to support strong federal and state safeguards against the threats posed by the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing. She will also support the local Sierra Club chapters that are working to ensure that the use of natural gas does not come at the expense of our health, our landscapes, our air, or our water.

For more information visit http://www.sierraclub.org/naturalgas

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