In his rush to advance partisan politics over sensible policy, state Rep. Greg Vitali conveniently overlooks one key fact in his commentary (“Pa. parks no place for drilling,” March 14): his own voting record.
In 2009, Mr.Vitali voted to authorize the leasing of state lands to generate $240 million from gas development. These leases permitted surface activity on state land, which is in stark contrast to Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal that would prohibit any new or additional surface disturbance on state-owned land. Rather, the proposal will utilize cutting-edge technology that permits drilling to occur up to a mile or more horizontally under the ground.
Additionally, the governor proposes to allocate royalty revenues for direct reinvestment right back into our award-winning state park and forest systems. And contrary to Mr. Vitali’s false claims, the governor will not authorize any drilling activity in state parks.
Mr. Vitali also overlooks another key fact: Any natural gas development today occurs under world-class drilling standards championed by Gov. Corbett and adopted in early 2012. These standards increased setback distances from wells and water resources, increased bond amounts, expanded notice and protections for nearby landowners, increased fines, and eased the ability to revoke drilling permits. Inexplicably, Rep. Vitali voted against these new environmental protections.
Mr. Vitali continues to knowingly advance a false narrative, while feigning confusion about his own voting record. That has no place in public discourse.
Office of Governor Tom Corbett
The Hoovler family extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the enormous outpouring of love, prayers and support following Kristin’s accident.
We now know just how fragile life can be, but we have been kept strong by the generosity and selflessness of our friends, neighbors in Walden Park, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Mountain Top community.
We would like to mention several events that will forever remain in our hearts: “5 K-Rock” was put together by a committee of Kristin’s loyal and amazing friends, the Cuban Night at Cavanaugh’s dedicated to Kristin, and La Napoli restaurant’s support and love shown to their “Bella.”
It is not possible to thank everyone for the daily acts of kindness and support, but we must single out Geisinger Medical Center and John Heinz Rehabilitation Center for their tireless commitment to Kristin’s recovery.
Most important, Kristin has made and continues to make tremendous progress. The road ahead of us is long, but Kristin’s miracle continues. We are eternally grateful.
On behalf of
the Hoovler family