Gov. Corbett's proposal to let counties charge minimal shale-gas impact fees is nowhere near what Pennsylvania needs. But it does put Harrisburg lawmakers on notice that, now, it's up to them to do the right thing for this state.
The governor's long-awaited plan is a major disappointment from the standpoint of meeting the state's many pressing fiscal needs. On the environmental front, it offers little assurance that water supplies will be any better safeguarded from the pollution perils of the hydraulic-fracturing drilling process.
Perhaps this should come as no surprise from a governor whose bid for office was fueled by hefty natural-gas industry campaign donations, and who ruled out an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale gas even though every other major drilling state levies one.