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State Forests Given Stronger Protection from Drilling

Just a few days after his inauguration in January 2015 Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order placing a moratorium on additional gas drilling on the state owned forest land, stating that “subject to future advice and recommendations made by DCNR, no State Park and State Forest Lands owned and/or managed by DCNR shall be leased for oil and gas development.”

In the newly announced 2016 resource management plan based in part on public input the DCNR states that it will actively purchase and exchange real estate interests to acquire subsurface oil, gas and mineral rights to conserve state forest and state park lands. As expected, industry sources have opposed this latest move by the Wolf administration

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