Pennsylvania’s five-year forest management plan nixes new oil and gas leasing and drilling in state forests and parks where the state controls subsurface mineral rights, and for the first time addresses climate change impacts.
. . .“We recognize that while there is a lot of forest in shale gas areas that could be developed, we feel there’s also a lot of already leased land that’s not been fully developed and there’s already a lot of opportunity to do so,” Mr. Cassel said. “We want to use this time to monitor gas development impacts on other forest values.”
He said the moratorium on new oil and gas leases, though unpopular with the drilling industry, was supported by many of the more than 300 people who attended 12 public meetings held to gather input on the 2015 draft management plan, and also in the 4,800 comments on the plan received by the bureau.