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Wolf to restore ban on new gas drilling leases

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by former Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

The Democrat plans to sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.

It will supersede an order that Republican Corbett signed in May and reinstate the ban former Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, instituted in 2010.

Environmentalists are praising the move, saying it reflects Wolf’s support for strong environmental regulation. But the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry trade group, is sharply criticizing the governor, saying it’s a political move that unnecessarily bans the safe development of natural gas.

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This article was written by Peter Jackson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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