Pennsylvania's public has lost confidence in Governor Corbett's oversight of the gas industry. This crisis in public confidence is caused by the Governor's opposition to a gas drilling tax, his Administration's failure to hear and investigate fully and respectfully concerns and complaints, to having too few DEP staff regulating the gas industry, and a softer enforcement approach that has included a 50% drop in violations issued to the gas industry since 2010.
To remedy this crisis in public confidence, Pennsylvania must turn the page on Corbett's failed oversight of the gas industry. My plan for world class drilling regulation and enforcement turns that page.
My plan would cut by 90% air pollution from drilling operations; protect fully rivers and streams from being polluted by drilling wastewater; prevent more drilling in state forests and state parks; and enact a gas drilling tax like West Virginia. Most of my plan could be implemented through the regulatory authority of the Governor. Some of it like the drilling tax requires new legislation.
You can read the details about the gas drilling plan that includes flaring, pits, and well completions here: