DEP Sec. Abruzzo Praised for Quick Response to Chevron Well Fire

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection, Chris Abruzzo, is getting high marks for the DEP’s handling of the recent Chevron well fire in Greene County, PA–by both Republicans and Democrats. You may recall that former DEP Sec. John Hanger, running for the Democrat nomination for governor, called Abruzzo’s appointment by Gov. Corbett “bizarre and irresponsible” (see Former PA DEP Sec. Hanger Blasts Interim Replacement for Krancer). MDN editor Jim Willis had the pleasure of interviewing Sec. Abruzzo last September at the Shale Insight conference (see Exclusive: MDN Interviews PA DEP Sec. Chris Abruzzo). Our impression then, as now, was that he is a sharp guy and a good leader. Although it took a sad tragedy, we were proven right–and Hanger was proven wrong. Hey, don’t forget to “pass a joint for John” to help him with his failing campaign for governor, k?

Meanwhile, here’s the story of politicians from both parties heaping praise on Abruzzo for a job well done:

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