Advocacy group sues over use of shale money

Posted: March 09, 2012

An environmental advocacy group sued Gov. Corbett on Tuesday to get Pennsylvania's state government to stop using money from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in publicly owned forests for anything besides improving the public lands.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation lawsuit also singles out decisions made under Corbett's predecessor, Ed Rendell, whose administration also diverted money from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund for the state's general expenditures. The suit was filed in Commonwealth Court.

A spokesman for Corbett said Tuesday that administration officials were confident all expenditures of that money complied with state law.

The Camp Hill-based group said both administrations used money from Marcellus Shale drilling leases and royalties on state forests for general government expenditures, in violation of a constitutional provision to conserve and maintain public resources. 

- AP

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