Do you support clean water for Philadelphia? Do you care about our state’s forests and rivers? Do you think that Pennsylvania should focus more on its environment instead of just the state budget? If so then take action and tell the Senate to save our forests from gas drilling.
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One-third of state forest lands, or about 700,000 acres, are already open to natural gas exploration and extraction. But gas drillers are pushing for more land, and Governor Rendell has proposed leasing additional state lands to help close the budget gap.
Our precious state parks and forests cannot be used as an ATM. Some of our major industries — outdoor tourism, recreation and sustainable timbering — rely on well-managed, protected lands in order to thrive. Gas drilling operations would mean building roads and pipelines through pristine lands, and would pose an immense risk to quality waterways.
Enough is enough. We need a freeze on new leases for drilling in state forests to prevent them from being used as a cash cow to close budget gaps.
Contact your state senator and urge him or her to support the Save Our Forests legislation (HB 2235). This bill would put a three year freeze on new leases for drilling in state forests and make sure our precious state lands are managed responsibly.