PA’s “Secret” Deal to Lease Land Under Rivers & Streams (Gasp!)

Pssst. We need to whisper this news, because no one is supposed to know. Those nefarious Republicans in Harrisburg, PA have been (gasp) leasing land underneath rivers and streams to those nasty, evil shale drillers–shameless Republican mooks. And such leasing has brought in $5.9 million into the coffers of the state for politicians to redistribute.

So says the reliably anti-drilling StateImpact Pennsylvania–which is really just a couple of NPR reporters that issue their anti-drilling views via a website. The state, since 2012, has leased more than 1,000 acres under rivers and streams for $4,000 per acre signing bonus, and when/if drilling happens, 20% royalties. Pretty darned good deal if you ask us. So has Gov. Tom Corbett been hushing this up, keeping it a secret?…

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