Corbett Under Fire for Leasing State Land to Gas Drillers

Who could’ve guessed that would be controversial?

You probably missed it last Friday when Gov. Tom Corbett ordered state park and forest land opened up to gas drillers. (Philebrity didn’t, and captured the moment with this great headline.) But the controversy isn’t going to go away.

The Courier-Times reports:

Democrat for Congress Kevin Strouse on Tuesday slammed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett for his “disgraceful” decision to allow natural gas drilling under state parkland and protected forests.

The candidate for the 8th Congressional District also questioned the timing of the governor’s decision just before the holiday weekend, “knowing that people’s attention would rightly be focused on remembering the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives to keep our country free. His actions are disgraceful, and I call on Congressman [Mike] Fitzpatrick to repudiate them and ask his party’s governor to reverse this executive order.”

Fitzpatrick’s campaign released a letter appearing to support the decision:

“As an environmental advocate, the decision to ban long-term surface disturbances will ensure that Pennsylvanians can enjoy our state’s park and game lands without obstruction,” the letter said. “Natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and across the country, is one piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that advances our economy while responsibly protecting the environment.”


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  • Whatwhatwhat?

    A backroom deal for an out-of-state energy company to use publicly owned land and generate millions in revenue for itself without even the slightest hint of a tax obligation to the state whose resources it’s using. Yup… sounds like a hallmark Corbett initiative. Funny how the words “welfare” and “entitlement” don’t ever seem to make their way into the discussion when we’re talking about handouts to big business.

    • John E. Zang

      Couldn’t agree more but big money will always win no matter who is in office. All it takes is lining the pockets of the right people. It’s blatantly obvious the system is completely broken. It’s a game of politicians versus the mostly blind, ignorant public. We vote on their careers to carry on the long fruitless status quo of things as we bludgeon the earth with war and pollution while manipulating the lives of the meek in its name. Hell on Earth.

      “Gold is a relic of Julius Cesar and interest is the invention of Satan”- Thomas Edison

    • PhillyTru

      Right! The drilling company pays no tax revenue whatsoever. Got it!

  • John E. Zang

    This guy and politicians like him are twenty times more of a criminal than a man robbing a 7/11 to feed a drug addiction. I wonder how they sleep at night but I also am aware they’re probably just fine because they have a bit of sociopath in them.

    • PhillyTru

      Congratulations! You went straight to where the writer of the article wanted you to go. Good job!

  • PhillyTru

    Copy and paste “news reporting”, with a bias, no less.

    “backroom deal” = the writer of the article wants you to view the arrangement as suspicious or shady. He has no idea, nor does he likely care, how this arrangement was negotiated. If he did he would’ve asked that question.

    Same with the use of the word “controversial”. The deal is “controversial” because a Democrat (who hopes to get elected) attempted to score political points by publicly disagreeing? Oh, the CONTROVERSY!

    From the linked article: “Under the order, any future leasing agreements could involve drills placed only on privately owned lands located next to the parks” – Sorry, but I don’t see what’s “disgraceful” or “controversial” about that. – It’s a bonus for landowners who will receive royalties. It’s a bonus for the people employed by the drillers, and all those that supply drilling materials/equipment. It’s a bonus for shareholders, and it’s a bonus for anyone who needs natural gas.

    It is people who think and act like Mr Strouse that ruin it for the rest of us.