February 22, 2011
CBF Statement: PA Department of Environmental Protection Wrong to Rescind Protective Policy for Marcellus Drilling on State Forests and Parks
(HARRISBURG, PA)—Matt Ehrhart, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released the following statement in response to action by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to rescind a policy requiring an environmental-impact review prior to Marcellus natural gas drilling in most of Pennsylvania's state parks.
"Given the concerns and unknowns that remain about the impacts of Marcellus production, it makes no sense to remove any protections we have in place for drilling on land that belongs to the people of the Commonwealth. Even on land where the mineral rights are not owned by the commonwealth we should take every precaution to protect the citizens' use of and value in our state forests and parks.
"The cumulative impacts of drilling pads, access roads, pipelines, and associated impacts on our streams and wildlife are significant and only partially understood. The Commonwealth should not minimize our ability to protect these resources on our public natural areas."