The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) held an invitation-only meeting yesterday about potential gas drilling on state forest lands.
About 30 local stakeholders were invited, and the invitations were listed as “non-transferable”. The meeting upset some environmental groups who have been pushing for public hearings on the issue.
DCNR has come under scrutiny over whether or not it plans to allow Anadarko Petroleum to access mineral rights the company owns underneath the Loyalsock State Forest.
At issue is a 25,000 acre swath known as the Clarence Moore lands. Anadarko owns about 50 percent of the mineral rights, but there is a legal question as to whether DCNR has to give them surface access to drill for gas. No one from Anadarko was invited to the meeting.
Here’s more from WNEP.