PA Accused Of Making List Of Banned Gas Drilling Words

07.03.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Did Pennsylvania health department officials circulate a list of drilling-related “buzzwords” and a meeting permission form that led department staff to believe they were being silenced on the issue of natural gas development? When first reported two weeks ago, the Department denied such a list. They now confirm those documents are authentic. Michael Wolf, state Secretary of Health, said in an interview this week that the goal was not to stifle the agency’s roughly 1,400 employees, but to ensure “that we are speaking with one voice.”