The 146-page report, prepared by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, was sweeping in its criticism of the Department of Environmental Protection’s handling of gas-well inspections, and its failure to provide timely and thorough information to citizens between 2009 and 2012.
“The DEP was underfunded, understaffed, and inconsistent” in its regulation of Marcellus Shale well activity, DePasquale said at a news conference.
The allegations are damning, but is anyone remotely surprised that Tom Corbett’s administration did a shit job protecting the environment? You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to understand that they were doing a shit job on purpose.
The less DEP enforcement there is, the more polluters get to offload the costs of their filth and garbage onto the public and make more money. That is what being a Republican is all about. This is what they do when you elect them.
Doesn’t anyone remember former Corbett DEP head Michael Krancer? That guy’s priors on natural gas regulation were interchangeable with a gas lobbyist’s.
(via Amy Worden)