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Lawmaker reacts to closed-door meeting about state forest with public discussion

May 2, 2013

In response to a closed-door meeting that the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources held nearly a month ago on natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, state Rep....

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May-02-13 7:28 PM

Some of these posts are depressing. The ignorance on display makes Williamsport look bad.

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May-02-13 1:27 PM

"A former mayor now a shill for polluters. She should be run out of town on a rail. Doesn't say much for the intelligence of the voters to put someone such as this in office". The problem now is Mary Wolf is now the mouthpiece for Anadarko in this area. She is on the campaign soapbox telling us lies about how gas drilling will not disturb anything and it will cause no harm. The entire corrupt State government has been paid $249.3 million from Anadarko to drill in the Loyalsock State Forest. The State has no intentions on stopping it, the deals have been made. They will continue to drag this out until we all make the same stupid mistake and reelect them. Then all H*** will break out and Anadarko will have its way. The only way to stop them is in the number of caring people to physically STOP THE FRACKING !!!in the Loyalsock State Forest. KEEP IT WILD !!!

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May-02-13 12:43 PM

"Mark Szybist, a staff attorney for PennFuture, a statewide public interest advocacy group, said at Wednesday's hearing that DCNR has the ability to deny gas drilling outright due to deed provisions."

This is his legal opinion and not a fact. Unfortunately, he never says, "in my legal opinion" ... instead, he wants everyone to believe it to be fact. I have heard other attorneys say that in their legal opinion, DCNR can not deny only limit where and how and even then that is a tedious preposition at best.

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May-02-13 11:25 AM

Fromtheport: I believe the plant in question is called a pitcher plant.

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May-02-13 10:48 AM

Once again Rep Mirabito- who represents Philadelphia better than Williamsport holds a useless public display. I do not know whether or not they should drill there, but this showboating of his is getting ridiculous. He is the consummate do-nothing shill politician. Can anyone tell me one important piece of meaningful legislation he has sponsored and had passed in the entire time he has been in Harrisburg? The answer is: ZERO!

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May-02-13 9:36 AM

Rock Run is within the Loyalsock forest and it empties into Lycoming Creek which in turn empties into the Susquehanna River. So, drilling in the forest impacts everyone not just the people who live near the drill sites.The Susquehanna River is ysed by many downstream communities as a drinking water source. Think about that for a minute.

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May-02-13 8:17 AM

The DCNR is clearly no longer acting in the public interest and needs to be overhauled. There needs to be an investigation to determine the extent of the apparent corruption in the department. I am not opposed to gas drilling, but taking these discussions away from the tax payers and citizens who have entrusted the DCNR with protecting the state's environment is criminal. Every decision maker at the DCNR should be immediately audited, to see how this corruption occurred.

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May-02-13 8:13 AM

Hey can anybody tell me the name of plant life or animal life that is unique to that area that is not found anywhere else in the state or what plant life or species is so rare that it is endangered because i hear this arguement whenever drilling happens in a PA forest but noone ever says the actual name of what were protecting.

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May-02-13 7:21 AM

bhale - there's power in numbers. If enough people show up they can force themselves in to these meetings that our overlords hold without our regard.

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May-02-13 7:20 AM

A former mayor now a shill for polluters. She should be run out of town on a rail. Doesn't say much for the intelligence of the voters to put someone such as this in office.

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May-02-13 7:08 AM

It's really time to get serious and evaluate the value of DCNR. These are not their forests, they are ours. I think they need to be told that in a serious tone.

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