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Forests agency adds public step to Pa. drilling plan

Published: Thu, July 31, 2014 @ 3:40 p.m.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker says it’s an important victory that parks and forests officials will accept public comments on the terms of agreement to allow two natural-gas exploration companies to drill in Loyalsock State Forest.

Still, Rep. Rick Mirabito told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette on Wednesday that he wished the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources had agreed to accept comments for 30 days, rather than just 15.

DCNR officials say there’s no deadline to come to terms.

DCNR says it doesn’t own the subsurface rights on a 25,000-acre tract known as the Clarence Moore lands and cannot prevent Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum and Southwest Energy from drilling there. But officials say they hope to minimize the environmental damage.

Drilling opponents argue that the state has more power than it says to prevent the drilling.


1wolfrun1(100 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

DCNR .. may not own the "subsurface".... but they do own the "surface "... and they can prevent them from having " access".... upon it .

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276Ytown(1371 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

"But officials say they hope to minimize the environmental damage"

Isn't that nice of them! They're such good stewards of our land. And allowing the public to comment for a generous 15 days. My my my.

And kept no record of the comments...?


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3JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

Another opportunity for energy progress that the environmentalist wackos want to impede.

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