Rendell Expected to Ban Leasing of State Land for Gas Drilling


Governor Ed Rendell is expected to issue an executive order banning any further leasing of state forest land for natural gas drilling.

He’s expected to sign the order tomorrow during an event in Philadelphia.

Less than a year ago, the state DCNR announced it was making nearly 32,000 acres of state forest land available for leasing by gas drilling companies.

Although he declared talks concerning a tax on the drilling dead last week, today Rendell said he’s still willing to work toward a compromise if Senate Republicans are willing to hold a lame duck session after the November 2 election.

Senate Republican spokesman Erik Arneson said the Senate announced more than 8 months ago there would be no lame duck session, and that has not changed.

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