Jeff Schmidt, Pennsylvania Chapter Sierra Club (Excerpts)
(Harrisburg. PA – August 22,2013) On the heels of recent news that Gov. Corbett’s administration didn’t record any input from concerned citizens at the only public hearing held to date on opening pristine areas of Loyalsock State Forest to more drilling, a coalition of conservation and outdoor organizations delivered over 12,000 signatures and renewed their call for a formal, comprehensive public input process on this public lands issue.
The coalition is calling on the DCNR (Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources ) to hold a series of six formal, recorded public hearings across the Commonwealth, as well as at least a 90-day public comment period, so citizens can have input into the future of Loyalsock State Forest. In conjunction with today’s event, the coalition, launched a new website (www.saveloyalsock.org) to educate the public about the threat of drilling pads, pipelines and industrial fracking poses to these pristine areas.