New Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf restored a natural-gas drilling moratorium on state parks and forests fulfilling a campaign promise to environmental activists.
Wolf’s act reverses former Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to allow drilling, reinstating a ban Gov. Ed Rendell instituted in 2010.
Wolf said in a January 29 statement, “Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests. This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”
Fracking has had a positive effect on Pennsylvania’s economy. The natural-gas industry contributed $34.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2012, accounting for 5.8 percent of the state’s economic activity, according to a study by the American Petroleum Institute. The API study also reports the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania supports 339,000 jobs...
Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona and ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, sent a letter to seven university presidents demanding information on funding sources, financial disclosure guidelines, and all draft testimony or exchanges relating to the testimony of certain researchers who have testified before Congress on climate change issues.
Grijalva’s letter asked about the climate research and funding for seven scholars:...
The small town of Erie, Colorado narrowly voted down an “emergency” one-year fracking moratorium in a 5-4 vote in January.
Erie trustees say instead of imposing a moratorium, they will work with the oil and gas industry to address community concerns about noise, truck traffic, and setbacks from housing while allowing oil and gas development to continue.
This is the latest defeat for environmental lobbyists who have attempted to end fracking in Colorado through a series of municipal and county...
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