PA Gov Wolf Offered Deal in ’15 to Open Dela. River Basin Drilling

Here’s a surprise: Big Green mouthpiece PBS StateImpact Pennsylvania is dishing some dirt on one of their own–PA Gov. Tom Wolf. We’ve been closely following the developing situation with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) finally coming out of the closet as an extended arm of radical Big Green group Delaware Riverkeeper. The DRBC will vote (today) on beginning the process to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin (DRB), which will prevent landowners in Wayne and Pike counties (PA) from accessing the bountiful shale gas under their land (see our article yesterday, DRBC Votes Tomorrow on Permanent Frack Ban Resolution). The DRBC is composed of five voting members: the governors of NY, PA, DE, NJ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A final new regulation that permanently bans fracking would need those five votes. According to an article published yesterday by StateImpact PA, in a 2015 meeting with Wayne County landowners who support fracking, Gov. Wolf offered to work on opening up the DRB for fracking–IF the landowner group in Wayne County would support his push for a severance tax in return. People at the meeting said, “it almost felt like a bribe.” Maybe because it *was* a bribe! A political bribe. Fortunately the landowners from Wayne didn’t take the bait, they did not support his loony tunes severance tax plan. So now it’s payback time, with Wolf signaling he will vote for a permanent ban on fracking…

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