PA DEP Sec Quigley Fumbles Questions at House Budget Hearing

Yesterday PennFutureDEP Acting Sec. John Quigley appeared before the PA House budget hearing to answer questions about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposals for the Dept. of Environmental Protection (i.e. cheerlead and support the highest tax increase on drillers in the state’s history). Quigley was asked why he had fired the members of the DEP’s Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board (OGTAB)–something no incoming governor has done in a generation, Republican or Democrat (see Why did PA DEP Acting Sec Quigley Mass Fired Gas Advisory Board?). Quigley apparently fumbled around with the question and answered it later, after the meeting, saying the law required splitting the board in two and, “We needed some new blood on the advisory board.” He was asked, during the hearing, who the new members would be on the newly constituted OGTAB. Quigley said he “couldn’t remember” and he later told reporters the board is appointed by the governor and that he “doesn’t do clerical work.” Apparently nominating and appointing a board with people who ultimately guide and control the very policies his department must enforce isn’t important enough for Quigley to bother with. Arrogant or out of touch, take your pick. Later that same day, after some underling got chewed out for Quigley’s poor performance, a press release was issued with the names of the OGTAB members…

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