By Energy Justice
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Permit totals in his first full week indicate Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is on pace to issue almost 8,000 fracking permits in his first term.
In his first five business days (1/21-1/27), PA Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection issued 38 shale gas well permits, about one permit per hour, eight hours a day. At this rate, Wolf is on pace to issue 7,904 shale gas well permits in his first term.
During his campaign, Food & Water Watch found that Wolf received at least $1.5 million from oil and gas interests.
Also in his first five days, 37 permitted shale gas wells were “spud” which means started drilling. At this rate, Wolf is on pace to oversee the drilling of 7,696 shale gas wells. Continue reading PA Governor Permitted One Fracking Well Per Hour During First Week in Office
By Energy Justice
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf will announce a moratorium on new oil and gas leases in state lands, but will leave nearly 700,000 acres of Pennsylvania’s 1.2 million acres of state forests on the table for drilling.
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources states that 385,400 acres have already been leased for Marcellus Shale drilling and 290,000 acres could be developed through private leases.
Thursday’s order does not stop the Department of Environmental Protection from permitting wells, pipelines, or compressor stations on existing leases, where there is room for as many as 6,000 wells, according to PA DCNR. If all of those wells are drilled and developed, approximately 25,000 forested acres would be converted for roads, pipeline right of ways, and well pads. As of October, PA DCNR had approved more than 1,000 Marcellus wells on state forests and nearly 600 of them — clustered on about 230 well pads — had been drilled. Continue reading Bad Call: PA Governor Wolf Pursues Drilling on 700,000 Acres of State Land
By Pennsylvanians Against Fracking
Pennsylvanians Against Fracking regards Governor Tom Wolf’s reinstatement of the moratorium on state forest and park drilling to be an important first step in protecting Pennsylvania from fracking, but continues its call for an end to fracking everywhere in the state.
“Today’s decision, just days after hundreds of Pennsylvanians rallied at Governor Wolf’s inauguration for a ban on fracking, is evidence of the power of the movement to stop fracking in our state,” said Jenny Lisak, of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, a member of the Pennsylvanians Against Fracking steering committee. “Keeping fracking out of state parks is welcomed news, but I am fearful that the negative impacts of this process will be concentrated in communities already being harmed. We must stop fracking around the state.”
Wolf publicly criticized then-Governor Tom Corbett for the decision he made last May to lift the moratorium on state forests and, for the first time, open state park land to fracking. A petition the Wolf campaign circulated at the time said, “In 2010, a moratorium was placed on fracking in Pennsylvania public lands because an exhaustive scientific study concluded that further drilling would irreparably harm the state forests and parks.” Continue reading Coalition Calls on Governor Wolf to Stop Fracking Statewide After Parks Ban