are executives or lobbyists from the oil and gas, coal, waste and utility industries. Some are even connected to companies such as Cabot that have pending DEP cases.In an ideal world, DEP would balance the needs of industry and the environment and safety. Businesses deserve a reasonable permitting process, but DEP must take aggressive corrective action when necessary. It hard to imagine someone with a heavy industry background being able to strike the appropriate balance.Corbett transition team is clearly weighted toward industry. On top of that, Corbett accepted close to $1 million in campaign contributions directly from companies with interests in the Marcellus Shale region.Some believe Corbett will favor the industry because of the financial backing he received. We hope he proves the naysayers wrong and does the right thing for Pennsylvania by appointing a DEP secretary with a solid track record and commitment to the environment and basic regulatory protections.
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Gas, the main driller in that area, refuses to take responsibility.What happened in Dimock will likely occur elsewhere. Those of us living here in central Pennsylvania might be far from the drilling, but our water supply could become tainted if tributaries to the Susquehanna River are polluted with untreated frackwater.DEP must maintain its oversight role of this industry to the same or even better standards that are already in place.Water safety is just a piece of it. The next DEP secretary will be tasked with dealing with growing issues over what to do about pipeline placement and oversight and whether to grant companies eminent domain rights to drill or run pipelines under properties whose owners do not consent.To appoint someone from industry to the state top DEP post would be a huge error. It would not signal that the state is for business it would signal that we are for the taking.Already Corbett has faced substantial criticism for his appointments to his Energy Environmental Transition team. Of the 30 members, 17 Burberry Purses 2017
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