FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on
state parks’ environmental issues Wednesday in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that the committee will hold a public hearing on environmental issues that could threaten Pennsylvania’s state parks from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in room
110AB of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.
The hearing will look specifically at concerns with potential Marcellus Shale drilling, mining and commercial timbering in the commonwealth’s 120 state parks, which comprise nearly 300,000 acres in the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees state parks, declined the committee’s invitation to testify at the hearing.
The current hearing agenda is:
· 10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
· 10:10 a.m. – George Jugovic, president and CEO, PennFuture
· 10:40 a.m. – Jeff Schmidt, senior chapter director, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
· 11:10 a.m. – David Masur, executive director, PennEnvironment
· 11:40 a.m. – Closing remarks
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.