NEW YORK, NY — “TIME has learned that between 2007 and 2010 the Sierra Club accepted over $25 million in donations from the gas industry, mostly from Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy—one of the biggest gas drilling companies in the U.S. and a firm heavily involved in fracking—to help fund the Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.”
— Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine
— Michael Brune, Coming Clean blog
— Russell Mokhiber, CounterPunch
CHARLESTON, WV — “Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, . . . pointed out that the American Lung Association has come out against the coal and oil industries, but has left the natural gas industry alone. The American Lung Association has received some funding for its Clean Air Initiative from Chesapeake. Scott Rotruck, Chesapeake’s vice president of corporate development and state government relations, serves on the American Lung Association board.”
— Taylor Kuykendall, West Virginia State Journal
- Background from December 10, 2007: American Lung Association and Chesapeake Energy announce Clean Air Initiative. “Chesapeake’s $500,000 will be used to launch the Clean Air Initiative by offering a challenge match to individual and corporate donors.”
- Background from December 15, 2011: How much silence has Chesapeake bought for its Lung Association investment?