Gov. Corbett says he Opposes ‘Forced Pooling’

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Corbett told a crowd from the region’s booming natural gas industry Tuesday that Pennsylvania needs its help to climb out of the recession, but he also warned that he would aggressively enforce environmental laws and that he opposes a controversial change in law sought by drilling companies.

“Forced pooling” is tantamount to private eminent domain, and he doesn’t agree with it, Corbett told the seminar crowd in suburban Pittsburgh, which is a fast becoming a hub for multinational energy companies exploring the Marcellus and Utica shales beneath Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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