I applaud the Post-Gazette’s editorial position against Gov. Tom Corbett’s lifting of a moratorium on leasing additional state lands for natural gas exploration and drilling (“A Drill Too Far: Corbett Takes Protection Away From Sensitive Lands,” May 29). However, I find it difficult to understand how the editorial board draws an environmentally sensitive line between our county and state parks.
I challenge the board to walk in any of our county parks with a trained botanist to observe the fragile blossoming of the spring ephemerals or hike with an experienced birder to witness the first appearance of a Baltimore oriole or red-winged blackbird and say that our county parks are not “sensitive areas … where potential environmental harm can be wide-ranging and irreversible.”
In Allegheny County, which continues to experience increased suburbanization, our county parks are indeed sanctuaries for threatened flora and fauna and should not be opened for industrial use.