Trump to headline gas industry gathering in Pennsylvania

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas industry groups say President Donald Trump will give keynote remarks at their annual conference in the battleground state of Pennsylvania next week.

Trump’s appearance next Wednesday at Pittsburgh’s Shale Insight conference comes as hydraulic fracturing is emerging as an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign.

The conference is a friendly place for Trump. He delivered remarks there in 2016 and organizers say he recognizes the industry’s significance.

Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom has led to the construction of a massive ethane refinery northwest of Pittsburgh that was the site of a rally by Trump in August. The president touted the economic benefits of fracking, which have extended not just to Pennsylvania but also to neighboring West Virginia and Ohio.

Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking.

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