Mr. Peter MacKenzie, representing the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He has successfully directed exploration activities in the Appalachian Basin for oil and natural gas resources for nearly 20 years.
Dr. John F. Stolz, professor of environmental microbiology at Duquesne University where he is the director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education. His current research centers on the physiology and biochemistry of bacteria that transform metals and metalloids as well as microbial structure.
Dr. Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology at Marquette University where she directs an interdisciplinary minor in environmental ethics. Dr. Schaefer focuses on the constructive relationship of theology, the natural sciences, and technology with special attention to religious foundations for ecological ethics.
Society’s concern for the environment requires that Catholics examine our own stewardship of God’s creation and our responsibility to those who come after us. Echoing numerous appeals from the Holy See and U.S. Catholic bishops in this regard, our parishioners are now taking seriously the need to educate and raise questions about new methods of drilling in Northeast Ohio which have the promise of developing jobs, but also have the prospect of damaging the environment for future generations. In this regard, Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has said: “Ecological questions highlight the need to achieve a greater harmony both between measures designed to foment
economic development and those directed to preserving the ecology, and between (state), national and international policies. Economic development, moreover, needs to take into consideration the integrity and rhythm of nature, because natural resources are limited. And all economic activity that uses natural resources should also include the costs of safeguarding the environment into the calculations of the overall costs of its activity.”