PA Senate Ctte Passes Resolution to Restore Drilling in State Parks

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Senate Resolution 104 passed in the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee (party line vote, Republicans voted for, Democrats against). SR 104, introduced by Sen. Camera Bartolotta, urges PA Gov. Tom Wolf to get off his rear-end and reauthorize drilling in PA state forest land. The bill stands a good chance of being passed by the full Senate, which has the radicals at PennFuture up in arms. They issued a press release (i.e. marching orders to slavish Democrat Senators) to oppose the resolution. Frankly, they don’t have anything to worry about. As we pointed out yesterday with respect to the Senate’s so-called bipartisan resolution to study the sloooooow way DEP issues permits, resolutions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on (see PA Senate Ctte Sends “Study Slow DEP” Resolution for Full Vote). A resolution is a suggestion–it does not have the weight of law. Wolf can (and almost certainly will), ignore it. Resolutions are an exercise in futility. Still, it may score a political point or two–illuminating how Wolf is blocking an important revenue source from being tapped…

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