Video: DEP Acting Sec McDonnell Wants to Recycle Article 78 Regs

Comin Around Again - EditedStateImpact Pennsylvania is populated with partisan hacks who pretend to be reporters. One of them is Marie Cusick (who has a degree in political science, not journalism). We’ve often pointed out the extreme left-tilting political bias in StateImpact’s “articles” (i.e. propaganda). What really galls is that taxpayers help fund it, since StateImpact is a project of the Public Broadcasting Service. We hate having our tax money fund such skewed reporting. But we digress. Yesterday Marie Cusick did an interview with the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pat McDonnell. You may recall that Pat’s predecessor, John Quigley, was fired for colluding with Big Green groups and using a private email address to do it (see Smoking Gun: Copy of the Email that Got John Quigley Fired). Quigley, formerly from the anti-drilling PennFuture organization, was a rigid ideologue with a thin skin–someone who didn’t like his extreme views being challenged. Pat McDonnell, on the other hand, has been with the DEP on-and-off for the past 20 years. He’s a lifer. And it appears he’s not nearly as rigid as Quigley was. Cusick sat McDonnell down for a brief interview (watch it below). Among her questions: What about conventional Article 78 drilling regs? Is it back to the drawing board? According to McDonnell, the answer to that is “no.” He plans to dust off the rebuffed Article 78 drilling regs developed over the past five years and try to get a form of them palatable enough for the drilling industry to swallow…

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