Donald Trump is expected to be the closing speaker at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual conference in September in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Powersource. The controversial Republican candidate will take the stage during the Convention September 22. According to Powersource, Erica Clayton Wright, said that Shale Insight is “a non-partisan event and major presidential candidates have been invited.” Trump spoke in North Dakota earlier this year at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual convention to thousands, speaking strongly about his stance on energy independence and his support for oil and gas companies in the United States.
Trump is known to support the oil and gas industry, and according to OnTheIssues, an independent website about political candidates on every issue, he said the United states has as much as two trillion barrels of oil, “enough for 283 years.” He supports extracting oil so that the United States will not be dependent on other oil producing nations. “We’ve allowed this country to be held hostable by OPEC,” he said. The Fuse also notes Trump favors fracking as well as argues for a “revitalization of America’s coal mining industry,” which has taken a hard hit over the last few years as clean energy regulations have crippled some economies in areas dependent on coal.