Governor Rendell imposes moratorium on new drilling on state lands

Yesterday, the Governor imposed a ban on new leases for natural gas drilling on state lands. While this doesn’t affect the current drilling leases already given out, it will mean that the new governor will have to take action to repeal the ban if he wants to expand drilling.

From the article…”Of about 800,000 acres of un-leased Marcellus state acreage, DCNR says that 180,000 acres are designated as wild and natural areas, 200,000 acres are old-growth forests, 299,000 acres are virtual wilderness, and the rest includes steep or sensitive terrain and recreational lands in the Poconos, and in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.