The funding sourcesfor EID include: Anadarko, BP, Chevron, El Paso Corporation, EnCana,Halliburton, Marathon, Occidental Petroleum, Schlumberger, Shell API, Talisman and XTOEnergy.EID has two satellite branches:EID-Northeast Marcellus Initiativewhich covers Pennsylvaniaand New York area, andEID- The Ohio Projectwhich focuses on gas/oil drilling in Ohio. If youhave clicked on these links, you will see nice profile pictures, each person’s EID Title, and a“hometown”. The purpose of this is to may you feel more connected to EID, especially if yourecognize the hometown, as in “Gee, these are nice people, they are from my home town.”This is a time honored public relations tactic, used by many ad agencies to sell you products,and politicians to make them seem more “likeable”. Public Relation firms know you will bemore apt to believe someone who appears to have a connection to you, as opposed tosomeone you don’t know.The “grassroots” initiative was launched around May 2011 by EID. According to the websiteMarcellus Drilling News: “EID has also launched a major new grassroots initiative nowspreading from county to county in the region.”Marcellus Drilling News further states “The program, known as EID’s “Northeast MarcellusInitiative,” calls for the hiring of several full-time organizers charged with engaging andeducating the region’s many supporters of the Mighty Marcellus, and providing them with thetools they need to act. Led on the ground by
campaign manager and well-known localnatural gas advocate Tom Shepstone
, the initiative is already up-and-running in severalcounties across the region, with field organizers now in place in Luzerne, Lycoming andWayne Counties, Pa. – all with reach into New York State.”EID is not grassroots. EID’s “GAS”roots extend from the front groups, Corporations, PublicRelations, to the halls of Congress.