2014-01-23 / Local & State

Pa. Charity Keeps Funding Gas Drilling Research

By Kevin Begos


PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Heinz Endowments are continuing to strongly support research and advocacy relating to environmental and health impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in spite of significant turnover in its senior management.

The Pittsburgh-based Endowments told the Associated Press that it gave out over $3.3 million in 2013 for grants specifically related to gas drilling. That estimate doesn’t include grants to other groups that spend only part of their time on drilling issues.

Endowments president Robert Vagt is retiring and leaving the charity on January 24. Endowments spokeswoman Carmen Lee says a search is underway for a new president.

Teresa Heinz Kerry is the head of the charity, which is not connected to the global food company with the same name.

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