Critics of shale natural gas drilling are trying to soft-pedal the benefits shale has been bringing to Pennsylvania by saying that the 20,000 or 30,000 jobs from the sector "really don't mean so much," Gov. Tom Corbett said in a conference. Moreover, the 200,000 figure mentioned in an ad for his re-election campaign includes those who benefited from the beginning of the shale boom five years ago, he said. "The opponents of drilling have really become what I would call economic-change deniers," Corbett said.

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