Governor Corbett Ends Ban on Drilling Near State Lands

05.26.14 | Terry Diener

Governor Tom Corbett will allow natural gas companies to drill under state forests and parks but will ban drilling that would result in long-term surface disturbances.  In an executive order that took effect on Friday, Corbett ended a blanket ban on gas drilling leases by allowing companies to drill horizontally from wells on properties adjacent to state lands, or on land the state leased.  Political opponents and environmental advocates blasted the decision, saying it will result in a buildup of potentially hazardous drilling sites near sensitive, protected lands.