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Corbett says he hasn’t seen any ‘intentional violations’ by gas industry

Governor Corbett speaking Thursday to Marcellus Shale Coalition President David Spigelmyer at the industry group's annual Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh.

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett speaking in PittsburghThursday to Marcellus Shale Coalition President David Spigelmyer at the industry group's annual Shale Insight conference.

Speaking Thursday at a gas industry trade group conference in Pittsburgh, Governor Corbett said he has yet to see any “intentional violations” by drillers.

“Have there been violations? Yeah. And that’s when we have to take action,” Corbett said. “If it happens again, the action gets a little harder. If it happens again, it’s gonna get a lot harder. And eventually that permit—that’s always at risk. That’s the leverage to make sure everybody does what they’re supposed to do.”

Corbett was speaking before a crowd at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual Shale Insight conference. He was among the keynote speakers following a luncheon sponsored by Chesapeake Energy. The Oklahoma-based company is one of Pennsylvania’s largest operators.

His remarks are a change in tone from statements he made earlier this year about Chesapeake Energy. In February, Corbett asked state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate complaints of fraud against the company, calling its business practices “unfair and perhaps illegal.”

Chesapeake has been widely accused of cheating landowners out of gas royalty money. Some people who have leased their land to the company for drilling allege they’re being shortchanged because Chesapeake withholds large amounts of money from royalty checks–charging them for the fees associated with processing and transporting gas.

 

 

 

Comments

  • Jack Wolf

    How could he possibly see anything with his head in the sand?

  • Patrick Henderson

    The Governor’s comments do not reflect a change in tone at all. His comments were reflective of on-the-ground environmental violations; he was not commenting on alleged business practices, which is the issue regarding Chesapeake. There is no “gotcha” moment here. Perhaps the real question ought to be why, nearly 7 months later, the Attorney General’s Office has not even responded to the governor, much less the public, with respect to its investigation.

    Patrick Henderson, Energy Executive
    Office of Governor Tom Corbett

    • Frank

      Patrick: You wanna know why the AG office has done nothing for seven months? Because Tom Corbett and Kathleen Kane are both shameless shills, bought and paid for by the gas drillers. “Political prostitution” (as YOU well know) is a disease that crosses party lines. We’ll all see how deep in the drillers’ pockets Corbett actually is when he gets a huge “do nothing” job after he loses in November.

      Wait? Big check, no work? My goodness it’s just like Ron Tomalis!

      • JimBarth

        Frank, you just stated that Kane is a “shameless shill”, that has been “bought and paid for by the gas drillers”. Then you imply she is a “political prostitute”. What is the basis of your assertions?

    • JimBarth

      Mr. Henderson, the governor is quoted: “Have there been violations? Yeah. And that’s when we have to take action,” Corbett said. “If it happens again, the action gets a little harder. If it happens again, it’s gonna get a lot harder. And eventually that permit—that’s always at risk. That’s the leverage to make sure everybody does what they’re supposed to do.”

      So, I ask you Mr. Henderson, exactly how many permits have been denied or pulled since Corbett has been Governor?

      • Victoria Switzer

        same violations over and over and NO FINES…gas companies, some more than others constantly get a pass at our expense. It will be very hard to pull in the bullies after the next election but it must be done. Arrogance and negligence is a deadly combination for Penn’s Woods.

        • Victoria Switzer

          Fact: When I asked DEP why no fines? The answer was-if we fine them too much they may not let us know when they have an “incident”…how many spills accidents have gone unreported?

          • JimBarth

            As we all know and have been saying, self-policing/self reporting is an intolerable situation regarding such an industrial, inherently polluting process such as shale gas extraction. As we all know and have been saying, “voluntary best practices” as opposed to strict regulations by the state, is wildly unacceptable.
            So, Mr. Henderson, zero permits have been pulled in Corbett’s years as governor, and, as Ms. Switzer wrote, violation without fine, followed by same violation without fine. Corbett and Henderson may think this is fine, but, we don’t, and that is why neither of them will be employed by the Commonwealth of PA next January, 2015.

  • Robert Finne

    Spoiler Alert: Robert Allan Shipman

  • Julieann Wozniak

    Exactly what he’s paid to do. Graft are us.

  • brasch

    Perhaps the Governor need to read my book, FRACKING PENNSYLVANIA, which discusses INTENTIONAL violations.

  • Ck

    Someone is delusional!

  • Al Allerton

    He simply overlooked the 3,880 fracking violations in his own state, an honest mistake. Give Tommy the benefit of the doubt, he may have been Hickenloopering the frack fluid at the time. [PA. Violations] http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/

    ["I drank fracking fluid", says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper]
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/feb/12/colorado-gov-hickenlooper-i-drank-fracking-fluid/

  • Starshine7399

    I call B.S. these companies should be labled what they are….Evironmental Terrorists ! They should be fined and shut down. Time for new ideas in energy technologies that will not leave poison in the Earth .

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