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August 16, 2013

Act Now To Protect Loyalsock State Forest from Drilling

The Corbett Administration and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have been negotiating extensive new gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest with Anadarko Petroleum for well over a year.

An unusual land deed gives the Governor and DCNR extraordinary powers to protect a section of the Loyalsock known as the Clarence Moore Lands, one of the jewels of our public lands in Penn’s Woods. Our public lands belong to the public, including generations yet to come, and it is critical for the public to have a say in these far-reaching decisions that could forever alter this beloved place. DCNR has held just one public meeting on limited notice and has refused calls to share Anadarko’s development plans, accept public comments, and hold six public hearings around the state. Your voice is critical to saving our public land.

Urge the governor, your state senator, state representative, and DCNR to protect this part of our Pennsylvania heritage by using this advocacy link by our partners at Penn Future. Click here to act.

At risk are:

  • The renowned Rock Run and other streams designated “Exceptional Value”
  • A National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird habitat for species at risk
  • The popular Old Loggers’ Path hiking trail and Devil’s Elbow Natural Area
  • Due to a special provision in its land deed, the Commonwealth has the legal power to prevent gas development on almost 19,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest tract known as the Clarence Moore lands.

LAMPa endorses the Campaign to Stop Drilling in Pennsylvania State Parks. The campaign seeks to preserve the original intent of our parks as areas set aside exclusively for public recreation and a resource paid for by taxpayers. The campaign would seek special protections for all of our public lands. Already 700,000 acres of the Commonwealth’s forestland is under lease. It will establish that the DEP should not grant any permit to drill in or within 300 feet of a park without requiring special additional protections to protect our parks.

Endorse and participate in the Campaign to Stop Drilling in Pennsylvania State Parks. The campaign seeks to preserve the original intent of our parks as areas set aside exclusively for public recreation and a resource paid for by taxpayers. The campaign would seek special protections for all of our public lands. Already 700,000 acres of the Commonwealth’s forestland is under lease. It will establish that the DEP should not grant any permit to drill in or within 300 feet of a park without requiring special additional protections to protect our parks. – See more at: http://www.lutheranadvocacypa.org/2013-public-policy-agenda/#sthash.XDWx0rSp.dpuf
Endorse and participate in the Campaign to Stop Drilling in Pennsylvania State Parks. The campaign seeks to preserve the original intent of our parks as areas set aside exclusively for public recreation and a resource paid for by taxpayers. The campaign would seek special protections for all of our public lands. Already 700,000 acres of the Commonwealth’s forestland is under lease. It will establish that the DEP should not grant any permit to drill in or within 300 feet of a park without requiring special additional protections to protect our parks. – See more at: http://www.lutheranadvocacypa.org/2013-public-policy-agenda/#sthash.XDWx0rSp.dpuf

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