PA Gov Corbett Blocks Promotion of Moonlighter at Game Commission

Last August MDN told you about the moonlighting PA Game Commission employee, William A. Capouillez, the director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management at the Game Commission (see PA Director of Game Commission Double-Dipping with Gas Leases?). Capouillez’s day job is to oversee leasing 1.4 million acres of public game lands for oil and gas drilling. But in his off hours he negotiates leases for oil and gas drilling for private landowners–sort of an “on the side” landman. When it all came to light in the *Philly Inquirer* last year, it prompted an ethics investigation (see PA Game Comm. Head Not Afraid of Gas Leasing Ethics Investigation).

How’s the investigation going? No one will say. However, the PA Game Commission is considering promoting Capouillez to the top job of executive director. PA Gov. Tom Corbett (Republican) isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sent a warning shot across the bow of the independent 8-member board of the Commission, saying he will actively work to block the promotion…

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