Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Wolf’s Efforts to Protect State Parks and Forests
(Harrisburg) - Clean Water Action applauded Governor Tom Wolf's executive order reinstating the moratorium for new natural gas leasing of our state parks and forests. "This is an issue Clean Water Action has made a top priority ever since former Governor Tom Corbett first proposed revoking the moratorium last year," said Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaign Director for Clean Water Action. oil
Polling throughout last year by institutions like Franklin and Marshall College and Mercyhurst University suggested that a vast majority of the public oppose additional gas development in state forests. "Since his election, Clean Water Action collected roughly 1,700 hand written letters to Governor Wolf encouraging him to reinstate the moratorium and letting him know this was an issue they deeply cared about," continued Mr. Hvozdovich.
Clean Water Action was also part of numerous efforts throughout 2014 to fight get the moratorium back in place, including a June rally in the Capitol rotunda that featured over a 200 residents and included members of thirty-five of the state's leading conservation, outdoor, environmental protection, and civic engagement organizations.
Pennsylvania's state forests are recreational and ecologic gems as well as leading drivers of our tourism economy. Our state forests consist of more than 2.2 million acres of pristine wilderness that are home to a variety of animals including black bear, wild turkey, native brook trout, and rare birds. Parks and forests offer opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding and is one of the best sources for hunting and fishing.
"This is a victory for those who love and utilize these areas and have fought tirelessly to defend them from the potential impacts further natural gas development brings, like water contamination, noise, light, and earth disturbances," said Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania State Director, Clean Water Action. "It was an issue the people of Pennsylvania never stopped being concerned with and it is great to see our new governor heard them and made reinstating the moratorium an early priority of his administration," concluded Arnowitt.
Clean Water Action has more than 100,000 members statewide in Pennsylvania and is the nation's largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health. Clean Water Action's 1 million members, participate in programs for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses. Clean Water Action's nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.