PA Auditor General to Investigate “Lost” $30M Marcellus Impact Fee

On Monday MDN told you about the case of bureaucratic incompetence in keeping track of reports that detail where and how much money is getting spent from the Pennsylvania Act 13 impact fee (see $30M in PA Act 13 Money Missing – Theft or Bureaucratic Cock-up?). Local municipalities say they’ve filed reports with the state Public Utility Commission (PUC), but the PUC can’t seem to locate those reports. Typical. But what’s this? We have a knight in shining armor riding to the rescue to figure out this financial potential malfeasance. Our hero is (ta da ta da, trumpet fanfare): State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (Democrat). DePasquale, you may recall, is an anti-driller who targeted the Marcellus industry from the very first day he took office (see Newly Elected PA Auditor General Targets DEP First Day on Job). Most of DePasquale’s ire seems to be directed at the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). He conducted a very thorough anal exam of the agency, over a period of years, and issued a “report” critical of the agency for shortcomings that were already fixed by the time the report was issued (see Anti-Drilling PA Auditor General Criticizes DEP in “Report”). DePasquale would like nothing better than to find a new Marcellus scab (i.e. issue) and pick it until it bleeds in an effort to smear the industry. DePasquale is a bully if ever there was one. In particular he likes to target charter schools, trying to shut them down with audit after audit. Nice guy. It’s that “hero” who has ridden in on his black horse to conduct an “investigation” (more like an inquisition) of local towns and how they are spending his, er, um, the state’s money…

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