Legislator: Governor Should Adopt Resolution Protecting State Land From Drilling

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT) -- HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Rep. Greg Vitali on Aug. 4, 2014, introduced a bill that would protect state forest land from hydraulic fracturing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is considering entering into an agreement with oil and gas exploration companies that would permit those companies to set up wells in the Loyalsock State Forest.

While the companies own the mineral rights beneath the ground, the state owns the rights to the surface that would need to be developed in order to...
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