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9.13.2011

Can State Forests Survive Additional Natural Gas Drilling?

Tioga County, PA



StateImpact Pennsylvania – The commonwealth has run bil­lion
dollar-plus deficits for three straight years. But since 2009,
roy­al­ties and bonus pay­ments from Mar­cel­lus Shale drilling in state
forests have brought in hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars.  Some
offi­cials say addi­tional drilling is the solu­tion to the
commonwealth’s finan­cial prob­lems. Scott Detrow reports that’s rais­ing the ire of peo­ple
like Butch Davey, who worry addi­tional leas­ing would dam­age the
forests forever.



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