2011-05-05 / Local & State

Corbett Aide Talks Of Gas Drilling On State Land

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Corbett’s nominee to head the Pennsylvania parks and forests department says the agency is looking for additional ways to drill for natural gas on state-owned land.

Richard J. Allan, the governor's choice to become secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said Wednesday the agency would try to extract the gas without any further surface impact in the forests they control. Allan says the agency is looking at expanded drilling on land where wells already exist or other alternatives to establishing new well heads.

The meeting in a Harrisburg state building was briefly interrupted by a protester who called the commission members “prostitutes” before security ushered him from the room.

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