PA Gov. Tom Corbett released his draft budget yesterday and his plan calls for ending the now three-year moratorium on drilling in state forests–which will bring in $75 million for Harrisburg politicians to play with. Predictably, the Democrats are squealing like stuck pigs about the proposed lifting of the moratorium. John Hanger, former Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection under “Fast Eddie” Ed Rendell has already gone on record opposing drilling in state forests (see PA Democrat Gov Candidates Support Partial/Full Moratorium). Apparently John thinks there’s more money to be made by turning PA into a pot smoking state (see John Hanger pushes Democratic gubernatorial rivals to address progressive agenda). New campaign slogan: Pass a Joint for John!
Here’s the “funny” part: Rendell and Hanger leased state forests in 2009 & 2010 and hauled in $444 million for the state–then they clamped down and stopped it before leaving office. Apparently moratoriums on drilling in state forests are good for thee but not for me when it comes to PA Dems like Hanger. Here’s more on Corbett’s bold plan to re-open some state forests for drilling: