Penn. Lawmaker Admits to Anonymously Attacking Fracking Supporters Online

Created aliases to make nasty comments


HARRISBURG — A state lawmaker on Thursday acknowledged making "anonymous" and "fictitious" online posts attacking constituents who support shale-gas drilling in Washington County and apologized to two people for any "offensive or hurtful" actions.

Residents and the industry group Energy In Depth accused Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, of using aliases to call his critics "mouth breathers" and to call industry supporters, including senior citizens, "hucksters."

White explained himself by blaming drilling companies and pro-industry groups for targeting him with "misleading and personal attacks."