Episode 33: State forest drilling and the gas cash impasse

This week's guest: Marie Cusick of StateImpact Pennsylvania

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For months now, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has been battling Republican lawmakers over how Pennsylvania should fund infrastructure improvements.

Wolf wants to implement a $4.5 billion plan funded by a tax on natural gas drillers. Republicans have adamantly opposed such a tax for years, and are casting Wolf’s plan as a nonstarter.

Now, two GOP senators are introducing an alternative: a $1 billion package funded by lifting Wolf’s four-year moratorium on drilling in state forests.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick joins us for a discussion about the history of forest drilling, the politics behind it, and the reason why it still has an environmental impact even if most of the work happens far underground.

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