Corbett is risking resources that belong to us all

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Extra! Extra! Gov. Tom Corbett sentences Pennsylvania’s natural beauty and health to death.

On Friday, Gov. Corbett “struck down” an executive order issued by Gov. Ed Rendell (“Corbett Removes Ban on Drilling Under Pa. Parks,” May 24). Back in 2010, after approximately 700,000 acres of Pennsylvania’s natural land had been leased out for industrial use, Gov. Rendell issued a moratorium on the further leasing of our natural heritage — but Mr. Corbett now seems to think otherwise. Mr. Corbett thinks 700,000 acres isn’t enough and plans to lease even more of Pennsylvania’s public lands. This will result in diminishing ecosystems, increased health issues, water problems, air quality problems and Pennsylvania flat out being robbed of its natural resources.

He issued this action on a Friday afternoon, during Memorial Day weekend. Can you try to be any more subtle than that? How dare he go behind Pennsylvanians’ backs! It gets even worse, though. He isn’t doing this for Pennsylvania’s benefit; he is doing this for the benefit of his friends in the oil and gas industry.

Pennsylvania is our home. It is our duty to protect it from any harm. We, as Pennsylvanians, need to call on the state Legislature to resist further drilling proposed by Gov. Corbett.

JOSHUA SONNTAG
Intern
PennEnvironment
Squirrel Hill


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