Health - March 25, 2011

Nominee For DCNR Head

This week Governor Tom Corbett announced that will nominate Richard J. Allan, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, for secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR. According to a press release from the Governor, since 1991, Allan has served as executive director for the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the national trade association that represents the recycling industry. Since 2005, he has also been a consultant to energy producers in the electric, wind, solar and coal sectors. Allan, 57, has served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Pennsylvania Resources Council since 2000. Allan was also a member of the energy and environmental committees for Governor Corbett’s transition team. The Senate is required to confirm this nominee.

Marcellus Shale Commission Meets Today

Today the Governor's Advisory Commission on Marcellus Shale will meet for the first time to discuss the economic and environmental impact of the Marcellus gas reserve. The 30 member commission is headed by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. A topic that takes priority is the possibility of creating a local impact fee for drillers. The commission will have 120 days from that date to report their findings back to the governor. At the same time, Senate Republican leaders are working on impact fee legislation to offset the cost that drilling operations have on municipal-financed road repairs, water use and emergency response.