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Corbett unveils energy plan for Pennsylvania

Gerald Herb cleans out the dirty tanks at a drill site in Kingsley, Pa

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Gerald Herb cleans out dirty tanks at a drill site in Kingsley, Pa.Governor Corbett has been touting the Marcellus Shale industry as a significant job creator.

Governor Corbett today unveiled his state energy plan. Speaking at the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Earth Science Center in Lycoming County, he promoted the state’s vast energy reserves as a significant economic driver.

“Energy equals jobs in our gas and coal fields,” he said. “But it also equals jobs in our nuclear reactors and our growing renewable energy sectors.”

The 73-page plan is meant to be a guide for  business decision makers to lay out the advantages of doing business in the Commonwealth. It outlines Pennsylvania’s historical role in energy production– from the site of the first commercial oil well in the U.S., to the state’s coal industry, and the recent surge in natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale.

The plan also repeats job claims which have been questioned by outside economists.

“Over 240,00 Pennsylvanians work in core and ancillary jobs associated with the oil and gas industry,” the authors write.

As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, the state Department of Labor and Industry counts 30 related (or ancillary) industries in its Marcellus job numbers– capturing workers with no ties to oil and gas.

Corbett’s plan also weighs in on emerging efforts to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign markets, “Pennsylvania’s ports are well situated to explore and capitalize on these opportunities,” the authors write.

Although natural gas has been slow to catch on as a transportation fuel, the energy plan promotes compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles as a way to lower harmful emissions. The plan makes no reference to climate change, other than to list the state’s 2008 Climate Change Act a “notable statute” driving energy and environmental policy.

The plan also assesses the role of renewable energy in Pennsylvania’s economy– touting the growth of wind and solar industries, along with the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires electric companies to buy eight percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021.




  • StephenCleghorn

    Despite being called out on it by State Impact and other investigators, Corbett continues to circulate the official lie about how many jobs have resulted from the gas drilling. It is embarrassing to have a governor who care so little for the truth. He really needs to be put out of office later this year when we get our chance to vote again.

  • AlSever

    Jobs? Why doesn’t anyone ever complain about all of the state money thrown down that big rat hole of “Economic Development”? Thousands of Industrial parks sitting half empty that were given state money because they would produce millions of Jobs. This shale scam mis a drop in the bucket compared to everyday scams for Economic development–especially “Down Town Development”

  • paulroden

    Governor Corporate, I call him that because that is who he represents and who he answers to, not the people of the Commonwealth has an energy plan for the fossil fuel, nuclear and centralized electric power utilities. It is not sustainable, environmentally sustainable and is for the 1%. It does not address global warming or climate change. It is just more of the “all of the above energy strategy”, “drill and mine baby mine” the environment and the people be damned. We can’t have “burdensome taxes” and “burdensome regulations” getting in the way of corporate profits and operations. What ever the energy companies want, Corbett wants to give it to them, because they own him after giving him $1.4 million in campaign donations. You never bit the hand that feeds you. Instead of commissioning a study to develop a plan to make the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania totally energy independent for electricity, transportation fuel, heating fuel, industrial processes, heating and air conditioning like New York has done

    and California is doing, it is just more of the same and business as usual The Germans have a plan to be off fossil fuel by 2050 and shut down all of their nuclear power plants by 2022. It is not wrecking their economy, nor are they “starving and freezing in the dark”, contrary to the energy company propaganda. Germany is at a higher latitude than the United States for the most part. If Germany can do this, we can do it.

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