PennFuture Statement: State Parks & Forests Must Remain Protected from Natural Gas Drilling

(Jan. 31, 2018) Harrisburg, Pa. - PennFuture unequivocally opposes a resolution making its way through the state Senate today that urges Gov. Tom Wolf to reverse his moratorium on new natural gas drilling leases in state parks. 
The resolution claims it will allow drilling where there will be no surface disturbance. The measure, Senate Resolution 104 sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), was passed out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday along a party-line vote.
“Our state parks and forests must be protected and preserved for the natural resources that they are: green spaces that citizens can enjoy with their friends and families; spaces that contribute to what attracts people to our great Commonwealth,” said PennFuture Vice President and Chief of Staff Matthew Stepp. “Recreational opportunities within our state parks and the towns that hold them contribute to our economy in vast ways, and drilling in areas that should be treasured goes against the common sense notion that state parks should be protected.”
The moratorium on new natural gas leases in state parks and forestlands dates back to the very first days of the Wolf administration, implemented on January 29, 2015, via executive order.
“We applaud the governor for his early implementation of this moratorium on drilling in state parks and forests, and we urge him to stand firm against this resolution, which would have the potential to devastate Pennsylvania’s forests, including the Loyalsock community and so many more,” Stepp said. 
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications