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Friday, May 23, 2014

Corbett Lifts Moratorium On More Drilling In State Forests

Corbett sacrifices state forests for short-term gain

Can’t drill our way to balanced budget or to prosperity

Harrisburg – John Hanger today blasted Governor Corbett’s lifting of the state forest drilling moratorium in state forests. The moratorium, which was written by Hanger and former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley was enacted by Governor Rendell by executive order in 2010 after an exhaustive scientific study concluded that further drilling would irreparably harm the state forest.

“This decisions is the result of the governor’s terrible economic policies that have left Pennsylvania 49th in job creation since January of 2011, reduced state revenues and created a $1 billion hole in this year’s budget,” said Hanger. “Part of Corbett’s strategy to fill that gap is to damage our state forests with more drilling.”

“This one-time budget gimmick will have long-lasting effects on our forests and on the citizens’ ability to enjoy their public resource,” he said. “Corbett just does not understand that we cannot drill our way to prosperity, and we cannot drill our way to a balanced budget.”

“This decision is clearly so toxic to the public that the governor is releasing it late on a Friday afternoon before a three-day holiday,” continued Hanger. “Democratic and responsible Republican legislators should reject this budget gimmick and oppose any budget that includes revenue from more gas leases on state forest land.”


Anonymous said...

Corbett can't leave office soon enough! Ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

What does Hanger have to do with anything ? Oh yea the sky is falling ! the sky is falling !

Anonymous said...

Well - looks like Hangar is back.
Kinda nice not seeing that fake smile plastered on SW every day. Must be stumping for Wolf and in return get a big state paycheck and another pension as secretary of something. Bet you ole Hangar will flip flop and be pro drilling when Wolf slaps on the gas extraction tax though.

Anonymous said...

I wish Hanger would have elaborated. Would someone who is opposed to this PLEASE explain how this will "damage our state forests"? I thought there would be no surface impact because they are drilling sideways far under the ground to get to this gas?

Anonymous said...

About time we used the vast wasted acreage on something other than Liberal City Dwellers free playground. Growing trees and deer aren't really a good use for any land. If the liberal FLATLANDERS want to keep using it they should be paying the counties that host them!