DeLissio joins governor, applauds executive order banning drilling in state parks

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was on hand Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park to mark Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order banning oil and natural-gas drilling in all of Pennsylvania’s state parks.

The order reverses a policy implemented in 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett.

“I was honored to be witness to Governor Tom Wolf as he signed an executive order reinstating the moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in 120 state parks and forests in the commonwealth,” she said. “As our new governor, Tom Wolf believes, as do I, that we have an obligation to leverage this valuable asset for the benefit of our citizens, and that the industry should be tightly regulated with frequent and up-to-date testing and monitoring to ensure the safety of our citizens, land, air and water.

“Our parks provide clean air for some of the most populated cities in the world, and a beautiful and exciting escape for millions of tourists each year to enjoy. They also play a vital role in the ecology affecting our agricultural and hunting industries.

“As DCNR eloquently points out on its website, ‘a close to 3-million acre system so well-loved and well-used requires real commitment to maintain and improve.’ And we took a great step Thursday in honoring that commitment.

“Furthermore, as a state representative and Pennsylvanian, I look forward to preserving the ethos that this order represents as we look for ways to balance the budget, safeguard our environment and enact public policy that benefits all generations to come.”