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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PA Residents Call For Impeachment/Resignation Of Governor Corbett

Residents Start Online Petition
To Impeach Corbett

Pennsylvania residents, fed up with his blatant support of corporate oil & gas interests at the expense of the health, safety, and enjoyment of life by residents, have started an online petition calling for the impeachment of newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.


The petition, first signed on Saturday, has quickly begun to circulate with residents adding their comments on why they are calling for him to resign or be impeached.

Corbett's stand against imposing a severance tax, gutting environmental regulations set by the Rendell administration, pledging to allow more leasing of our state land, and appointing an official to waive any regulations that might stand in the way of making jobs in the gas industry are just a few of the issues.

His recent speech touting his desire to make Pennsylvania the new Texas for drilling was the move that convinced most residents that they had elected someone who would represent the corporate interests rather than the people.

Slashing aid to our schools, cutting funding for higher education, and now millions more that counties use at their discretion for helping the unfortunate, while approving WAMs for the state legislators to pass out for their pets, sets a pattern for a path that most Pennsylvanians don't want to follow.

We've copied the online petition below. You can click the links and read what PA residents had to say.


The Petition To Impeach Tom Corbett

Whereas the current natural gas drilling operations into the Marcellus Shale within the borders of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are generating vast amounts of toxic waste which is being carelessly and recklessly introduced into our water resources, thereby destroying the viability and potability of the water resources of the Commonwealth.....

Whereas these toxins are of such a nature to cause serious disability, deformity and death to those who ingest, bathe, or otherwise come in contact with them; that these toxins can and will cause increases in birth defects in offspring and cancers within humans, livestock and fauna at epidemic proportions; and that those who are polluting our water resources do so in full knowledge and with willful disregard of the effects of their actions.....

Whereas Thomas W. Corbett, present Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has decreed and/or implied that he will decrease or remove regulations governing against the poisoning of our citizenry and natural resources by these drilling operations; that he will allow increased drilling operations on hitherto-uncontaminated state lands, forests, and parks; that he will attempt to remove a severance tax on natural gas drilling operations that is meant to fund the regulation and monitoring of the toxins generated by said operations and to fund decontamination and rehabilitation of our natural resources that have been degraded by said operations; that he will use the powers available in his position as Governor of Pennsylvania to aid and assist the natural gas drilling companies in avoiding responsibility for their despoiling and degradation of the shared water resources of the Commonwealth.....

We, the free citizens of Pennsylvania, hereby direct our elected representatives in the Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to bring impeachment proceedings against Thomas W. Corbett, the present Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for his blatant and criminally negligent refusal to uphold the constitutional rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pure water and for aiding and abetting felonious crimes against the people, livestock, wildlife, and natural resources of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sign petition

Read what signers had to say

28 comments :

Anonymous said...

If only impeachment actually worked like that.. durr

Anonymous said...

Are you serious?

Why don't people start worrying about 10% unemployment and the fact that this country that was once a superpower is nothing more than a financially devastated laughing stock.

Kids walk around today with their pants down across their legs and the US is the largest monetary supporter of unstable Middle East countries and a Governor "backing corporate interests" is your largest worry.

News flash. Every politician backs big business. How do you think they got elected?

Anonymous said...

Gov. Corbett was upfront on the issues during his campaign. Next time educate yourself on the candidates before voting.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA

Anonymous said...

I need to see the evidence of the poisoning. I don't think the writer of this article knows how many regulations the drilling companys have to obey, the permits needed to operate. I have never witnessed such a regulated operation. I have personally visited these worksites and they are operated in the most professional manner.
Sorry but this rant is from someone without the knowledge of the operation of these companys. I would also like to ask the author what keeps there house and water warm. I suppose its a windmill they don't want in their view.
I wish the companys would allow supervised visits of thier operations. It would allow poeple to see the complex environmental rules and regulations they follow.

Anonymous said...

What bunch of clueless idiots!

Anonymous said...

Impeachment can only be brought by the Assembly. A petition does nothing other than represent the overall sentiments of the populace.

Are there grounds for impeachment? I am not a lawyer, so I can't say. But if this petition can be used to gauge the will of the people, well, then it's not a total waste. But I doubt it would be enough to sway the Assembly one way or another, especially considering the Assembly and Executive are of the same party.

Frankly, I consider Corbett's steadfast refusal to apply an excise tax on these out of state/in-state and foreign corporations that are extracting and reselling PA natural resources to be an impeachable offense, especially in light of the significant fiscal problems the commonwealth faces.

Every single other state with a shale gas play underway is taxing it. They will not run away if PA taxes it.

Anonymous said...

What a joke.

Anonymous said...

If only they worked like what?

Impeachment is a trial. You can try someone for just about anything, doesn't mean you'll get a conviction.

I for one am glad to see we are investigating possible conflicts of interests and subversion of democratic process.

We jump at the chance to impeach someone for lying about their sex life but when we possibly have a governor corrupted by big money interests we are supposed to look the other way and pretend it's normal and good.

Does that seem right to you?

Anonymous said...

Like that catchy old Toyota commercial: You asked for him, you got him - Corrrrbetttt.

Anonymous said...

the land owners will be paying the severance tax, not the gas companies. Read your gas lease, paragraph labeled "Taxes".

Anonymous said...

Wow this guy isn`t very well liked. I wonder who voted this guy in ?

Anonymous said...

I hope he gets impeached! Thank goodness I was smart enough not to vote for him!

Anonymous said...

Where do I sign!

Anonymous said...

Impeach a man that is supporting free enterprise, cutting wasteful spending and balancing the Commonmwealth's budget...Hahahahahahahahaahhaha NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Unions are mobilizing in anticipation of a fight....can we check Union status of the bleeding hearts?

Anonymous said...

11:28,

I think a lot people voted for him just because he is a republican. I've saw that happen a lot, especially around here. A lot of people don't really look at his stance on important issues, they just look at his party affiliation and base their vote on that.

Anonymous said...

You can please some of the people "some of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time!" Abe knew what he was talking about. For every cause/action there is a reaction that not everyone is going to like. However, I don't think it is grounds for being impeached.

Anonymous said...

Who voted for this guy? The majority of Pennsylvanians, thats who.

These online polls and petitions mean nothing. They are just feel good tools to keep you busy so you don't go looking for the truth.

Most of the people who added their names here have never bothered to research the truth nor will they do anything real that will make a difference. WOuld be interesting to see how many of them even voted.

The author chastises Corbett for allowing the WAM money that Rendell put into the current budget. So it was ok when Rendell did it, but not now??

Most of the education cuts being proposed are cutting items supported this year by the no longer existing Federal stimulus dollars that only were available for 1 year. They knew this money was only available for ONE year.

Somebody needs to get a clue.

Anonymous said...

11:07......MY gas lease says the lease company pays any additional taxes that the government might impose! AND I agree with Mike Fowlers post, Gov Corbett was upfront about not imposing a gas severence tax...it was all over the news. If you didn't bother to educate yourself and voted for him, you shouldn't be signing a petition!!

Anonymous said...

People up there seem to preach republican views quite often on here i.e, gun rights, pro-life, anti gay marriage, small gov't, cut spending, etc. Yet, what he is being accused of is exactly in line with republican views. Republicans don't seem to like to take ownership of their party supporting big business. Ronald Reagan's trickle down economics is exactly that. It's giving breaks to large businesses because they have the money and resources to create jobs. Hence "trickle down." I'm not saying it's a bad philosophy but certainly don't be surprised when you elect a republican and he supports the big guy.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some people are worried about the govenor taking there welfare checks away to me.

Anonymous said...

We Support our Governor! Cut back on the FAT!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone try to impeach Ed Rendell for his part in leasing hundreds of thousands of acres of state land(or should i say holding his hand out) to the gas companys?

Anonymous said...

Yeah but most of the is in this pos government.

Anonymous said...

10:28 you sound like a true dumbocrat !

Anonymous said...

for the guy who says show me the poisening. i don't think any one could show him anything at all. he has to be blind. probably can't read or hear either.

Anonymous said...

The fat is in the government!!!!!!! Your simple minded to think otherwise!

jeff said...

What's with all the anonymous on here, if your proud of your opinion then state your name. Chief Fowler is the only one. Jeff Reed Coudersport