After being upbraided by Pennsylvania’s top environmental official because their governor has put the brakes on natural-gas drilling in the region, Delaware residents can say with uncharacteristic pride that their state has gone to the dogs.
All it took was a few ill-chosen words from Michael Krancer, Gov. Corbett’s secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, who griped in early May about the First State’s well-founded reluctance to lift the moratorium on drilling in the Delaware River watershed, which is home to 15 million people.
“Sometimes they smell like the tail of a dog,” Krancer told an upstate builders’ forum, a newspaper reported. “And it (Delaware) is shaped like a dog with a tail. This is the tail wagging the dog.”